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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Wed 11th Jan 2017 - Swanmore Meadows, Ryde. GG # 667.

Alison's Photographs.

Work starts on the new pathway.

Clearing the brook.

Giving the undergrowth a haircut!

In the summer we use this stone as a table
for our tea break…!

The litter-pickers hard at work.

The completed new pathway.

Tree trimming by the new wooden bridge.

I have only just typed the heading for this week's blog and already realise that I have made a mistake…! Apparently Swanmore Meadows has now been re-named Pig Leg Lane. This was the most popular name that was chosen by holding a public survey. (Piggy Mc Pigface did NOT win….lol). Have a look at the Gift to Nature web site for more details of the renaming.

Call it what you may, we were all there on Wednesday morning to tackle the numerous tasks that Nick and Mark had earmarked as being worthy of our attention. One major job was to cut a new pathway, through a very overgrown area, to allow the public greater access to this lovely site. The team split into two groups and started at either end - then worked towards each other. Rather than just cut a "motorway" directly from A to B, it was decided to make it meander through the undergrowth. During the session other team members tackled clearing out the Monkton Mead brook (this time we found the remains of a large, colour TV!), cutting back some larger tree branches by the recently installed wooden bridge, various "trim and tidy" jobs plus the ubiquitous litter pick. A very busy session that was very well attended. Once again, the weather was unseasonably mild although there is a weather warning out for SNOW, here on the Island, later this week….brrrrrr….!

Many thanks to Alison for taking the photographs this week.

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