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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wed 15th Nov 2017 - Bouldnor Forest, Yarmouth. GG # 711.

Terry's Photographs.

The usual pre-session brief.

HI HO - it's off to work we go...

A "wall" of gorse to eradicate!

Gorse mountain.

Gorse burns VERY well.

One wall of gorse - cleared.

A kestrel keeping an eye on our antics.

The weather forecast for Wednesday morning gave a cloudy but warm day so, we were pleasantly surprised when the clouds parted and the sun shone through. As with our previous visits to this site, we were asked to help with the removal of large thickets of gorse that have grown up here over the years. The particular area that we were working on this session had the added "delights" of having huge brambles growing up through - wonderful...! As the photographs above illustrate beautifully, it did not take Team GG long to start cutting their way though what can best be described as a solid wall of gorse and bramble. The cut gorse soon had the bonfire roaring away and by the end of the session the particular area we were tasked to work on was cleared away. The arrival of the sun plus the beautiful views across the western solent made for a very enjoyable session.

Many Thanks to Terry for being our photographer this week.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wed 8th Nov 2017 - One Horse Field, Totland. GG # 710.

Terry's Photographs.

Site information.

Lots to rake and transport.

"One man went to mow...went to mow a meadow"

Just one of the MANY compost piles.

The two areas that we cleared.

It was a long drive for most of Team GG this week, all the way out to the wilds of West Wight. It has been ages since we last visited this venue but little had really changed. We were tasked with raking up and clearing the grass, brambles and blackthorn that was being cut by the G2N ranger. This was then placed in huge piles to the side of the cleared areas and will hopefully become protection for the smaller wildlife over the winter months. It is really hard work trying to keep areas such as this clear of undergrowth so they can thrive as meadows. As can be seen from the photographs above, we had a beautiful blue sky but the chilly wind reminded us that we are now approaching mid November. Hard work but very rewarding when you see what was achieved in just one morning.

Many thanks to Terry for taking the photographs this week.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Wed 1st Nov 2017 - Play Lane Millennium Green - Ryde. GG # 709.

Terry's Photographs.

The site information.

The pre session brief.

Before and after shots - working on the entrance arch.

Working in the butterfly meadow.

Tea break - with quite a few GGmers in attendance.

Just one of the piles of cut material.

The finished meadow.

We found several small frogs that were carefully "re-housed".

Each year, about this time, we come along to this site to give it an end of summer makeover. Although several small (but still important!) tasks were undertaken but the main event was to cut back all the growth at butterfly meadow. Some of our previous visits here were plagued by "damp" weather but today it could not have been better - blue sky, light winds and pleasantly warm. All the more amazing considering it was the 1st of November...! Terry's excellent photographs beautifully illustrate the area before we started work and just how much improved it was by the end of the session. Well done every one!

For those of you who live over in East Wight (or those who visit), perhaps you might be interested in this nature reserve at Seaview.   

At the moment they are having a bit of a planning issue and are looking for people to sign their petition. If you feel so inclined, then please use the following link.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Wed 25th Oct 2017 - Pan Mill Meadows, Newport - GG # 708.

Terry's Photographs.

"Right everyone, today we will be....."

Doing LOTS of raking!

Trimming back overgrowth.

Planting Black Poplar trees.

A late season Red Admiral butterfly.

The ubiquitous shopping cart!

Assorted litter.

Santa's little helpers in training?

Looking much tidier now.

Sorting the litter for recycling.

Once the growing season is well and truly over it is time to cut everything back and tidy up. The meadow area at Pan Mills had been mechanically flailed and it was Team GG task to gather up the trimmings. The main reason for doing this is to ensure that the soil is then denied the nutrients from the rotting material, which in turn promotes the area as a meadow. As per usual at GG sessions, there was a site wide litter pick with as much as possible going for recycling. Two Black Poplar trees were planted towards the boundary - these were sourced from vegetation that was cut back during a previous GG session at Flowers Brook. The various routes to and from the meadow were given a "haircut" so they were free of overhanging brambles and shrubs. Although a grey day, it was warm for late October and the sun did peek through towards the end of the session.

Many thanks to Terry for taking the photographs and to Sue for editing them (welcome back!)