This was an enjoyable but tiring day helping with the maintenance of the woodland/wildlife garden at Kirkstead Old Mill Cottage. We were very grateful for the assistance of a group from RAF Digby who joined us for the day, doubling our numbers and more than doubling our strength!
Gardener Reg had done a lot of 'preparation' for our visit, cutting down trees and branches from overgrown areas of the woodland. Some of this was ready stacked at the bonfire site, while the rest required dragging from various places near and far.Unfortunately I didn't take any before photos: the pile to be burned started huge and stayed that way for much of the day as more material was added but this 'after' picture shows that, amazingly, we cleared the lot.
And this is a stretch of stream that was completely overgrown with red dogwood. Courtney and friends managed to drag out some huge rooted bushes; other areas were trimmed so that they will grow back to a more suitable size.
It was nice to see Barbara again - many thanks for the tea, cakes and daffodils.