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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wed 18th Oct 2017 - Naturezones, Blackwater. GG # 707

Alison's Photographs.

Collecting in the bales.

Traffic jam at the composting area!

Clearing down by the pond.

Coppicing the willow walk.

Although we were initially scheduled to be at the RSPCA Centre this week, the venue was changed to Naturezones at Blackwater. The meadow area had been cut and baled sometime earlier so our first task was to collect all the bales, using wheelbarrows, and then deposit them into various composting areas. On completion of this task it was on to some tree removal around the pond area plus coppicing of the willow trail and arches. It was a grey, overcast day with occasional light rain but fortunately the remnants of storm Ophelia had long since passed..! Around 10 GG members stayed after the session for home made soup. 

We have Alison to thank for taking the excellent photographs this week.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wed 11th Oct 2017- Donor Creek LNR, Newport. GG # 706.

Mark's Photographs.

It was only one month ago that we visited this venue and we were to continue the work that we started back then. The fencing along the footpath that defines the northern boundary of the creek had become somewhat dilapidated and our task was to try and patch the holes using locally sourced material. With half the team trying to find suitable branches, the others started "dead hedging" along the pathway. For readers who are unfamiliar with this term, here is a photograph showing the basic principle.

The larger branches are inserted vertically into the ground and the thinner ones woven between them. Unfortunately, we didn't have ideal material available to us at Donor (as per usual for Green Gym!) but we did the best we could with what was at hand. It was a windy, grey day with the occasional short shower but, on the plus side, it was quite warm. Good progress was made at both patching the existing fencing and at cutting back the overgrowth to make the footpath more accessible. We hope to return here soon to continue the work.

Please note that next week GG will be at Naturezone, Blackwater and NOT at the RSPCA Centre. 


And finally,  message from Alison.

The grand total raised at my Macmillan Coffee Morning was £173.  Thank you for your support and for the donations of cake and cash!

Many thanks to Mark for taking the photographs this week.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wed 4th Oct 2017 - Flowers Brook, Ventnor. GG # 705.

Mark's Photographs.

Alison's Photographs.

Why is it that every time you visit Ventnor that there are multiple road diversion schemes where the signage is totally contradictory…? In spite of Islands Roads determination to have us driving around in circles all morning, the majority of us eventually found our way to Flowers Brook. It was around a year ago that we last visited this venue, so it was nice to see what had changed since our last visit. The "Friends of Flowers Brook" group were already hard at work when we arrived so, after a quick briefing, we were soon diving in (see pics above of GGmers in the pond, stream and waterfall!).  Plenty of tasks to keep us busy all morning! Although the sun was out, you could certainly tell that we are now in October - the weather definitely had that autumnal feel about it. Tea break was certainly a Cake Fest - with birthday cake AND some of the "leftovers" from Alison's coffee morning - all very yummy! Excellent progress was achieved for the assigned tasks and the whole site was looking much tidier when we had finished.

Photographs courtesy of Alison and Mark, thanks to both.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wed 27th Sept 2017 - Fort Victoria, Yarmouth. GG # 704.

Mark's Photographs.

Repairing steps.

The pile is going down….S L O W L Y…!

The new pathway to the classroom.

Creating a new clearing.

Nice views.

Back to an old favourite of Team GG….. Fort Victoria. We used to visit this site frequently, in the past, but due to the re-organisation of the Council owned properties we had not been for some time. A quick historical fact here…. the first ever GG session on the Island was held at Fort Vic, back in September 2003..! We soon noticed that although we had been absent for a while, some things never change - a huge pile of limestone chippings and LOTS of wheel barrows greeted us. How long does it take to make a pathway through woodland using only shovels, wheel barrows and seven tonnes of material??? When Team GG are involved it is less than one hour! By tea time at 11o/c we had reduced the huge pile to just a few shovels full - so well done to everyone involved. The other big project of the day was to create a clearing in the woods which will eventually be used as an outdoor classroom. Although the bigger trees had been felled  and sectioned, there was still plenty of scrub and roots for us to grub-out and create habitat piles from. As per usual, we did a litter pick across the area we were working in and managed to collect lots of bottles and cans for recycling. A busy session but very enjoyable as it remained dry throughout. Please can we go back there again soon???

A message from Mark….Please don't forget that we are now bringing our own mugs along for the tea breaks. He still has a few more to hand out but from now on, each Team GG member is responsible for their own cup/mug. You have been warned.

Please do not forget Alison's Macmillan cake and coffee morning, next Friday - 10 till 12:30. Details were sent out by email.

Many thanks to Mark for taking the photographs this week.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wed 20th Sept 2017 - Cockleton Meadow, Gurnard. GG # 703.

Terry's Photographs.

Clearing away the old compost.

Raking up the cut grass.

Rolling out the green carpet!

Moving the raked grass to the new compost bins.

Building the new composting area.

Tea time

Constructing the car parking area.

The new composting bins already in use…!

Fitting bird boxes.

Clearing out down by the pond.

Weeding the planting areas.

One of the (many) new bird boxes.
Mark's Photographs.

Rather than me trying to write about all the tasks that we attempted during this session, please look at all the photographs above - they seem to depict almost everything…! Although it was a little on the cloudy side, it was a nice warm day AND it stayed dry, so we had a really good attendance. One thing is certain about our visits to Cockleton Meadows, we are NEVER left looking for work. 

Many thanks to Terry for the excellent photographic record of our work this week.