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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wed 14th March 2018 - All Saints' Church, Freshwater. GG # 726.

Terry's Photographs.

The pre-session briefing.

Work gets underway.

Cut it down... bag it up...then drag it away for burning!

Bramble was everywhere.

Rather spooky with the smoke drifting across.

For once, we had our tea break inside.

Working along the boundary wall.

Wow...that must have been some high tide.....!

Back to the battle with the bramble.

Shots below showing the cleared areas.

A rather nice shot of some Jew's ear fungus.

All Saints' Church at Freshwater has been a favoured GG venue for many a year now. We always seem to be working there just as the spring bulbs are starting to flower between the gravestones - such a great sign that spring will soon be with us. Not quite here yet though, as there was a strong chilly wind blowing (although it did stay dry!). The majority of our work was down in what is known as "the pasture" which is off to the eastern side of the graveyard. Once again the bramble had taken hold so it was a matter of chopping it down, then dragging it back before tossing onto the bonfire.  Everybody was on the look-out for any early nesting birds, to make sure that we didn't disturb them. This was a well attended session which meant that a huge area was cleared and all the arising disposed of. Another section of the group were gainfully employed working around the boundary wall, giving everything a make over. We were invited into the church for our tea break (nice to get out of that wind) where we were served with hot drinks and delightful home made cake - so a big thank you to the ladies who arranged that...!

Many thanks to Terry for taking the photographs at this session.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Wed 7th March 2018 - Morton Marsh, Sandown. GG # 725.

Terry's Photographs.

Gentlemen (and ladies!) please select your tree...!

Branching out..???

Dealing with the off-cuts.

We huffed and we puffed to get the fire away.

Nearly finished.

Now, that's what you call a "HAIRCUT"!

It was only a couple of weeks ago that we visited this "new" site but there was still plenty for us to be getting on with. Once again, the instructions were very simple "See those willow trees and that fencing over there? Take them all out!" With half the team removing barbed wire and fence posts the others set about reducing some rather tall willow trees to mere stumps. Why do we leave the stumps so high? It is so they can be treated before being finally chopped off at ground level. All the cut material was neatly  piled ready for burning at a later date. We did eventually get a bonfire away which enabled us to dispose of a huge clump of gorse. As can be seen from Terry's excellent photographs, we had some blue sky and a reasonable temperature - a far cry from last Wednesday when The Beast from the East first hit the Island!

Many thanks to Terry for taking the photographs this week.