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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Wed 12th July 2017 - Cockleton Meadows, Gurnard. GG # 693.

Terry's Photographs.

Painting the storage container gets underway...

…. as does digging over the flower/veg beds.

Don't forget the top also needs painting..!

Sprucing-up a gate.

Gathering the materials for the water conservation project.

Then…trying to fix it all together…!

A nice view of the pond area.

Painting continues….

….. as does the dig-over.

A tidy-up down in the composting area.

A well earned tea break, up at the picnic site.

A slow worm.

The roof goes on.

Tra-dah… The finished water storage project.

All ready for planting up.

A Marbled White butterfly.

Gatekeeper butterfly.

Bird boxes for the trees.

 Small Copper butterfly on ragwort.


Small Skipper butterfly.

With Tuesday's (very welcome) rain clearing, it was a rather cloudy day for the start of this week's GG session. As per usual for our visits to Cockleton Meadows, there was no shortage of jobs for us to tackle - in fact there was just about something for everyone (plus more!). A quick glance through Terry's excellent photographs above will show the scope of the work undertaken. Although we have only been coming to this beautiful area for a couple of years, the improvement has been both amazing and dramatic. This community based project has come on leaps and bounds since our first visit where we hacked down a wall of bramble to discover, what is now, the pond area! Our tea break was held at the picnic area where the shade of the trees was very welcome (the sun had started to break through the early cloud). Beautiful distant views of the Solent from this position. Many thanks to Martin for supplying the carrot cake - it was yummy..! The majority of the given tasks were completed but I imagine that the committee will soon be writing up a new list for our next visit.

Many thanks to Terry for the photographs and to Martin for the carrot cake.

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