12 volunteers ventured along to this new location for the group. The forecast had been for wet conditions but we were lucky in that we only had a few drops during the day. Mind you within about 5 minutes of all setting off home the heavens opened and the rain thundered down. We missed all that by a whisker!!
The task was quite simple in that we were thinning out a narrow copse that bordered this open park. We were instructed to take out some smaller trees and scrub so that people could get into the copse and take a stroll through it. It also had the effect of allowing a bit more light in, which would benefit a greater diversity of plants. We used our discretion so that we left enough rough and thick areas that would allow birds to have some welcome cover but creating just enough space for people to be able to walk through.
We didn’t have a bonfire, instead making habitat piles in the copse and also leaving some cut material along the edge of the open space to be collected later by the Parish Council employees looking after the park. We also removed a few tree guards that were no longer needed.
It was nice to welcome Bob and his daughter and John, three new volunteers on their first task with the group.