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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wed 21st Feb 2018 - Morton Marsh, Sandown. GG # 723.

Terry's Photographs.

A hitching post for Merlin (the dog)?

Team GG being busy...busy...BUSY.

The fire gets underway.

Nice views of the re-profiled river bank.

Lots of GGmers at the tea break.

Anyone want to buy some logs?

Our "bosses" for the day.

Two above, one below - what a difference!

Getting tools etc to and from this site is a bit
of a logistical nightmare...!

Another new site for GG to work on this week.... the eastern end of Morton Marsh. We have worked on the western end several times before but this week it was new territory for us to explore. Access to the site was from the footpath off Perone Way, then it was out across the rather soggy marshland to where the bonfire was sited. Mark had to park the van at an entrance off the main Brading - Sandown road so it was a bit of a hike to cross the boggy ground to collect all the tools. It was very apparent that there had been a considerable amount of work carried out here recently, evident by the re-profiled river banks and numerous piles of cut trees and bushes. A simple task for us then, collect all the material from the pre-dumped piles and drag / carry it to the fire. As is always the problem when working on marshy ground, it only takes a few people to travel to and from before the ground starts to resemble quick sand (mud?). Fortunately there was a large pile of cut marsh grass nearby so this was used to try and stabilise where we were transiting. With the fire roaring away we made excellent progress at reducing the number of piles of cuttings and by the end of the session this area was almost cleared. It was (for once!) a rain free session and there was even periods of blue sky. Perhaps it was the clement weather but the number of GGmers attending seemed to be up on recent weeks - so well done everyone for your efforts.

Please note... Photographs have now been added to last week's blog. Want to see just how muddy it was? Then jump back one week.

Many thanks to Terry for the photographs this week.

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