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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wed 8th Mar 2017 - Copse Mead Nature Reserve, Lake. GG # 675.

Terry's Photographs.

The sign that says it all…


Off to the work sites.


Avoid stepping on the wonderful spring flowers.


"And today we will be "trimming" this laurel hedge.


Bow saws at the ready - and they are off.


Starting the arisings pile.



Trimming a clump of hawthorn.


Oh Dear..! We seem to have got carried away with the "trimming".


The cut pile grows...


Dealing with the stumps.


Giving one of the boundaries a makeover.


Oh my…Did we cut all that?



A tea-break discussion.


Removing ivy from the apple trees.


Cutting the undergrowth from around the fruit trees.

This was our second visit to this wonderful nature reserve - the first was back at the start of July 2016. On arrival it was so nice to see that the work we had done previously had been maintained and… in some places improved! So many time we return to find that everything is as bad as (or even worse) than before we had ever started. Two of the site wardens were on hand to explain exactly what the tasks would be and we were soon working at the many jobs they had pointed out. On our last visit, we had spent some time cutting back a rather unruly laurel hedge but this time we were asked to take it back to ground level. This is just the sort of job that GGmers excel at and by the time tea break came around, the whole hedge was reduced to a huge pile of arisings, neatly arranged for later collection. As can be seen in the photographs above, the team was spread across the reserve tackling a variety of tasks. With the bird nesting season just around the corner, special care was taken to ensure that we were not disturbing any early starters. Although the wipers were on fast setting during the trip out there, by the time 10am came around the precipitation had dropped off to a light drizzle and remained reasonably dry throughout. We look forward to returning here in the not too distant future.

Many thanks to Terry for the excellent photographs this week.



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