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To look at the Isle of Wight Green Gym web page (contains details of sessions etc) please use the following link :- www.iwgreengym.org.uk.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Wed 20th Nov 2019 - One Horse Field, Totland. GG # 811.

Terry's Photographs.

No prizes for guessing where we worked this week...!



In transit from the car park to the work areas.


Clearing the pathway to the view point.



The big job of the day.... raking up the recently cut grass.




A rather chilly tea break.


Trimming back all that summer growth.



The opened up pathway


One of the raked areas.


Yet another composting pile....!

It has become a bit of a GG tradition that, come the cold weather, we find ourselves working at the rather exposed area in Totland known as "One Horse Field". I am resisting the temptation to remark that even the last "one horse" has given up and found pastures new 😏. Actually, when we visit here in the summer months it is a nice venue....but when that cold wind is blowing at this time of year then perhaps not so alluring. What is the best way to warm up on a cold day? Get stuck into some hard work - which is exactly what we did. To the west of this site is a lovely viewing point that looks out over the Solent and Western Approaches - the foot path to which had become somewhat overgrown. With part of the team tackling that, the others were deployed to rake up the recently cut grass so that this area will return to wonderful meadow come next summer. The other good thing about working on a chilly day, that hot drink at tea break tastes wonderful....! It was a good turnout today considering it is a long way for most of us to travel and the weather wasn't the best we could have hoped for, so well done to all those who made the extra effort.

Many thanks to Terry for taking the photographs this week.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wed 13th Nov 2019 - RSPCA Animal Centre, Godshill. GG # 810.

Terry's Photographs.


Meeting up in the car park.


Planting whips to fill in the gaps.


Planting bushes by the new entrance.


There are always BRAMBLES...!


Working at trimming back the hedge line.



Autumnal clearing up.



Repairing the pathways.





The completed hedge planting.


It has been some years since we held a GG session at this venue and a lot had changed since our last visit here, now with many new buildings for the staff and animals - nice..! Mark mustered us in the car park and gave us the usual long list of tasks that needed our attention so it was time to split into working parties and get it all done. On a previous visit we had planted a row of whips to form a barrier between the dog walk and the exercise areas but some had not taken, leaving a few holes. New ones were dug in complete with supports and rabbit guards (see photos above). One team tackled the overflow parking field hedging, working their way around trimming back as needed. The fine new building looks much better now it has two bushes planted on either side of the main reception area entrance and another team tackled the numerous piles of autumn leaves everywhere around the grounds. Tea break took a bit of organising with only one kettle to supply the hot water for all of us but Team GG rose to the challenge...! After tea we diverted our attention to the dog walk that runs past the pond and through the old orchard area by trimming back the plant growth and repairing the pathway as needed. As the first photograph shows, the daytime temperatures are starting to drop off now, hence the layers of clothing and hats, but it did stay dry for the whole session. 

Many thanks to Terry for the photographs this week.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Wed 6th Nov - Various Locations..! (see text below). GG # 809.

Terry's Photographs.



The start of the session at Morton Marsh.



Venue number Two...Arreton Down.







Well....today's GG session turned out to be a little unusual...! We all met up, as arranged, at Morton Marsh expecting to be doing some coppicing.... unfortunately the high water table was destined to put an end to that. Between Mark surveying the work site and today, we have had had an awful amount of rain making the marsh all but inaccessible. Waders would have been nice but a snorkel and flippers probably better (you get the picture 😊). After some prolonged consultation with the rangers and then a quick site survey, it was decided that no useful work could be achieved there until the water levels drop significantly. We had  an early tea break and a chat about the work that has been completed there since our last visit, which included the digging of several ponds and the building of a raised area in the middle - all of which is designed to encourage more wildlife. A quick show of hands (not another referendum!) was then taken to decided where the rest of the session was to be held. Arreton Down appears to have won the vote and many of the team relocated there to continue with the scrub clearance that we have been doing there previously. The alternative was to go down to Yaverland beach for a litter pick... not sure if any took up that option but, if you did, then please let me know for inclusion in this blog. The session remained dry and it was still pleasantly warm considering that we are now into November.

Many thanks to Terry for taking the photos today.