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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wed 14th Feb 2018 - Dickson's Copse, Newport. GG # 722.

If ever there was a song that summed up a particular GG session then it has to this one...

Mud, mud, glorious mud
Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood
So follow me follow, down to the hollow
And there let me wallow in glorious mud.

(Copyright - Flanders and Swann)

Although Mark had forewarned us by e-mail that wellies would be required, I don't think we were really prepared for just how muddy this session was going to get! With one team working at cutting down the willow that is trying it's best to take over the marsh, the others started digging trenches across the flooded areas of footpath. Once the trenches were dug down deep enough, pipes were installed to carry the water under the pathway with rock filled catchment sumps to stop the pipes becoming blocked. Just below the surface is thick, sticky, yellow clay - fine for making bricks and cement but awful to try and hand dig..! The marsh team did a wonderful job at cutting back the willow, the remains of which was piled high in "islands" around the area. Not an easy task when standing in welly deep mud and water. Hopefully, at a later date, the remaining stumps will be treated to stop any regrowth. Although the session started dry, by tea break the rain had started and became even heavier towards the end of the session. What a way to spend Valentine's Day..!!!

Photographs will be added as they arrive.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wed 7th Feb 2018 - Nansen Hill, Ventnor. GG # 721.

Terry's Photographs.

Just in case you don't read the title banner
and are uncertain where we were working .... 

The long trek to the worksite (see text below)

But, when you get to the top, what a VIEW...!

Getting "stuck in".

What a fine body of GGmers!

A much needed tea break for something warm.

Hacking into the wilderness.

Amazing views from up there.

Just some of the areas we have now cleared.

I seem to remember there was an old Clint Eastwood movie called 'Heartbreak Ridge" - GG has renamed Nansen Hill on a similar theme " Heart Attack Hill"...! You would think we would have all learned our lesson when we visited here just a few weeks ago, but no, a full team turned up for the physical punishment of climbing THE hill. We were to continue cutting back the undergrowth that would slowly take over this valuable downland if it wasn't for the likes of us hacking it all down. Had the wind not been so cold (it was a North Easterly - brrrr!) then it would have been a perfect day for the job in hand. The bonfire seemed to be very reluctant to get started, even with the stiff wind cutting across,  but eventually it was coaxed into life and a considerable amount of cuttings were disposed of. We managed to arrange the tea break site out of the wind but still able to take in the glorious views across the eastern side of the Island, with a back drop of the Mainland beyond - truly stunning to see. Strangely enough, it was a whole lot easier coming back down that hill than it was going up!

Many thanks to Terry for taking the photographs this week.