Posted by: Claire Hannington | July 1, 2013

Junes Jobs

Im going to run out of J’s soon for this title sequence! Maybe someone can come up with some inspiration for next years round of headings. Anyway. June started warmly with our Saturday group tackling the bracken on Cwm Ivy Tor – it has made an amazing difference clearing this each year and the wild flower display has been spectacular.

After a hard days work we all chilled out at the Lodge along with our other regular volunteers as we held our summer thank you BBQ. We had a lovely evening relaxing and chatting amongst the trees. It got a bit noisier there Sunday morning as Kathryn and Kim hosted a family trail as part of the Gower Walking Festival.

I also led 3 walks for the Gower Walking Festival – introducing people to the world of geocaching, showing them the way to the Worm, and enjoying a special sunset  at our farm at Pilton Green. The Gower walking Festival is a great occassion but we need help for next year so if anyone is interested in volunteering with its organisation let me know.

Our weekday volunteers were also busy clearing ditches, strimming round our orchard, litterpicking, putting in a new memorial bench at Rhossili, clearing footpaths, and now are well and truly stuck into the annual removal of ragwort and bracken from our agricultural fields on the Warren at Rhossili. We hope to be able to transform the area into haymeadows in the next couple of years so the work will be worth the effort.

We also had a working holiday week in June with the participants taking part in dry stone walling, burnt gorse clearance, clearing the ditch on the path to the beach at Rhossili, and some litterpicking. And that’s not the only group we had this month. On Saturday we held our Family Woodland Fun Day at Cwm Ivy and this was manned by volunteers on a working holiday weekend. It was so successful we are going to have to draft in some more helpers next time.

We had a team from Virgin Media come out for the day and they got stuck in with some fencing at our Farm. There enthusiasm was brilliant and I don’t know about them but I was tired at the end of the day! But a completed section of fence to show for it. It is really beginning to come together here at our farm.

We have also had a couple of new regular volunteers start with us – one young man on Thursday during the summer holidays, and another David O’Brien who started last Wednesday as our new Full Time Volunteer. We welcome David into our little team – check out his introduction on this blog next week.

And as we are already in July, this month we have……………no, you are going to have to wait…….

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  1. Hi Claire It’s amazing all the things you get up to! We have a pool of new volunteers for the GWF2014 who we will meet on the Thank You evening 9 July. Maybe there are some there that can help you with GWf activities next year. However it’s a really good idea to try and summon some extra support from your team of regular NT volunteers. You should all be proud of your hard work – and organisational skills using the volunteers to best advantage. I’m gonna try to make this Saturday at Caswell – so long as nothing crops up!

    Love Barbara Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2013 15:59:16 +0000 To:

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