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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wed 13th Feb 2019 - St Helens Primary School. GG # 772.

Mark's Photographs.

Terry's Photographs.

"And today's tasks will be..." Mark reads from the job list.

Work gets underway..Team GG divided by a fence.

Time for tea.

Planting new whips at the top of the sports field.

A rather curious onlooker..!

The "pond" side of the fence almost complete..

...and "t'other" side - both looking very neat and tidy.

Time for a break after the back-breaking work.

As with many of our GG sessions, the first task of the day was to negotiate the numerous road works and diversions cunningly set up by Island Roads. This was then followed by "hunt the car parking space" around the village green 😏 Eventually we all found somewhere to park and headed on up the cul-de-sac to the school. It must have been around 10 years ago that we had our last visit here, when we put in a pond and constructed some planters - all of which have survived..! Have a look at this link....

The pond had unfortunately developed a leak and due to our old friend H&S, was deemed unsafe for little ones to be around. This was emptied of the rotting vegetation and then back filled with a mixture of new soil and compost so it might live on, now as a super safe bog garden. The two main working sites were somewhat overgrown (see the first photos above) and benefited from a good cut back and tidy-up. Where possible, any live plants and shrubs were retained and replanted. Several other smaller tasks were undertaken around the school including the planting of new whips along the top boundary of the playing field.
The weather was a bright sunny day, almost spring like, and we had a very good turn-out. Well done everyone who attended, let's hope that it won't be another 10 years before we get to work here again..!

A message from the Headmaster.

What a great job. 
We will add a couple of photos to our newsletter this week to celebrate the fantastic improvements.
I'm hoping it will be nearer to 10 weeks rather than 10 years before our next collaboration. 

Please send out gratitude to all the wonderful volunteers.



Many thanks to Mark & Terry for taking the excellent photographs.

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