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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Wed 17th Jan 2018 - Sandown Orchard, Lake. GG # 718.

Terry's Photographs.

Trimming back.

A rather flooded pathway...!

Digging the mud out of the steps.

More cutting back.

Rebuilding the steps and pathways.

The cycle track entrance.

A well earned tea break.

Even more cutting back

The orchard area after we cleared it.

Down towards the pond area.

Back to an old GG favourite this week....the orchard area of the wetland walk in Lake. We have a couple of visits here each year and... being winter time... it was (as per usual for this time of year!) flooded. Never mind, there was still plenty for us to be getting on with without getting out the thigh waders or We wanted to make good headway at cutting back all the undergrowth and bramble before the start of the nesting season for the birds. Another area needing attention was some of the well used entrance paths and the steps that we installed some years ago. The photographs above illustrate just how much was achieved in those few, short hours. If you happen to visit this site, you can't miss the new boundary hedge between the road and the orchard. The rangers have made a super job of hedge laying the (VERY overgrown) original hedge line - it really does look great. Considering the rain we have had recently and yet another storm forecasted for tonight, the weather for us was pleasantly warm with frequent sunny periods... nice! 

Many thanks to Terry for taking the photographs this week.

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