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Friday, 1 May 2009

Wed 29th April 2009 - Millenium Green, Ryde.

This week was our first visit of the year to Millenium Green in Ryde. The work undertaken last year is starting to bear fruit, with the area cleared of brambles already showing signs of wildflowers, which will hopefully attract butterflies back to this area. There was an excellent turnout on a lovely sunny day, with a wide variety of tasks for us to tackle. A muddy piece of path near a ditch was flattened out, the ditch deepened so waterflow will be better, and a wooden bridge built across the ditch. Brambles previously cut were moved to create a dead hedge, improving the access and letting in more light; small trees previously removed were cut up to provide a lattice over another very muddy area, and also to fill a gap in the hedge to prevent access; a new bench was built and there was also a general litter pick. While sorting the materials for the bench and bridge we discovered a very large toad, which was subsequently transferred to a much safer and boggy spot!
Many thanks to Carrie for the pictures & text.
A Message from "The Boss".
I am sure I probably don't remember to pass on the many thank yous regularly enough, I am often there at the end of the session or speak to the contact of whichever charity it is after the event and they almost always express their gratitude. A case in point was a very nice letter from the co ordinator of the Ryde Cemetery Project. In it she says and I quote 'The service that the Green Gym provided has assisted the project in not only achieving the majority of the original clearance targets but also revealed magnificent examples of Victorian headstones, vaults and tombs for both our local community and visitors to enjoy......please may I thank all the team who participated.' It is very nice to receive praise and I know we don't do it for that reason, but nevertheless it makes me feel its all worth it and I hope you feel the same way. So please consider yourselves thanked :-) See you soon, Mark

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