Posted by: Claire Hannington | March 4, 2015

February – Scrub, scrub and …fencing!

I was driving home last night when I realised it was March and I hadn’t written the blog for February. I probably should be thinking about other things whilst driving home from work but it was distraction about the prospect of taking my somewhat feral cats to the vets for their yearly jab – trauma indeed!

Anyway February started with some good new for Rhydian and Louisa who both passed their Chainsaw assessment and can now both legally cross cut and fell small trees – watch out Gower!

Students from Coleg Sir Gar spent another 3 days with us litterpicking Whiteford, splitting logs and clearing gorse at Penmaen. They have been a great group again this year and achieved so much. We look forward to next years intake.

Our weekday volunteers went up to Brecon to do some tree planting in the snow. Vyron’s photo shows what a magical atmosphere it was up there. And we got a little jealous of Brecon’s leaf blower. Now that’s the way to get a fire going!

0nt pont ar daf

0nt trio planting

We rebuilt some of the wall outside the Rectory at Rhossili to prevent the sheep from getting into the garden – the rest I’m planning on doing next year with the Saturday Group..

The Saturday group this month got stuck into the scrub around the pony pen at Cwm Ivy and it is looking absolutely amazing. They also filled the rest of the log store in the woodyard so we are all stocked up. We are in the process of tidying up the entrance to Cwm Ivy and along the track and undertaking long needed repairs on the fences and gates in the area. A group from Blaen y Maes Youth Centre stayed at the Lodge for a couple of nights during half term and did a sterling job clearing scrub and replacing a section of fence.

Blaen Y Maes youth

We put in a new memorial bench overlooking Tor Bay to replace one that had reached the end of its repairable life and we spent another day on Port Einon Point clearing cotoneaster with a group from Kick Start.

We also spent two days in Ceredigion clearing scrub at Penbryn with Vicky and the Magnificent Meadows Project.  And talking of Ceredigion I guess I should mention that I will be working up there as of next week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to undertake the practical work with the volunteers whilst Gwen (Ceredigion Area Ranger) goes on secondment for 6 months to the South East. I wish Gwen well and look forward to spending time some time in new territory! I will still be on Gower on Mondays and Fridays and carrying on with the Saturday group. We will be recruiting someone to take my place on Gower – watch this space to find out who gets the job and will be contributing to this blog 🙂

Myself and a few volunteers dragged ourselves out of bed early last Saturday morning to watch the high tides at Cwm Ivy. It was something to watch the sea rushing in through the gap in the wall. For more information on this click here.

And for those of you who had the pleasure of meeting my dog Delta it is with sadness that I had to have him put down this morning. He was the grand old age of 14 and had one amazing life. So thanks for those who put up with him scrounging food and getting in the way and for all the love, fusses and attention too. He will be missed.

claires dog


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