Posted by: Claire Hannington | October 9, 2015

September update – Emma and Claire’s

From Emma:

I can hardly believe it is September already, the summer has passed so quickly but we are still enjoying some lovely warm sunny days. We started the month with the last session of ragwort pulling at Pennard, where Jess spotted some tiny orchids called ‘Autumn Ladies Tresses’.The weather was great, and we enjoyed a tea break with breath-taking views over Hunts Bay, from the Vernon Watkins Memorial stone.

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The following day we started the job of repairing the dry stone wall in front of the Rectory. We were treated to another beautiful day, and we found a lizard, a slow worm, a toad, and some huge crickets around the stone piles. We ended the week with a day scything and strimming the bracken at the far end of the warrens.Cricket at the rectoryScythe team at the Warrens

The following week we had a day at Cwm Ivy cutting more bracken, and topping up the log store ready for winter. On Wednesday Tim and I helped Kathryn at Rhossili, where a huge piece of sand art was constructed. We helped others to rake large words and phrases into the sand, all of which celebrated the coast. The week ended with another day of strimming and scything bracken on the warren. Sadly this was my last day covering for Claire, however at lunchtime I was given a beautiful card with lovely thank you messages from the staff and volunteers, we also shared a delicious home made cake. I would really like to thank everyone for their kindness and generosity. This summer has been truly amazing, I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the most wonderful hardworking and passionate staff and volunteers, in such a beautiful location.

From Claire:

I want to firstly thank Emma for doing such an amazing job whilst I was in Ceredigion. I know the volunteers echo these sentiments. I’m also very pleased to say that she has stayed on as a full time volunteer.

September started with our volunteer BBQ at the Lodge. It was a stunning evening and we had a photo slideshow of the year of the volunteers courtesy of Vyron. We also handed out some long service volunteer awards.

Dave and Margaret Lees – 10 years

Lyn Richards – 5 years

David Whitehead – 5 years

Margot Greer – 5 years

Barbara Parry – 5 years

Simon, Rhydian and Iwan Cox – 5 years

The following day saw us hold our second Wildlife Day of the year, ably facilitated by the Saturday group. We had a lovely day and saw record numbers attend.

We had 2 groups out from Barclays Bank who had a go at scything both at Cwm Ivy and in the orchard at the farm. They also cleared bracken from Cwm Ivy Tor and willow from Pilton Green.

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We did some repairs to the fence the far end of Cwm Ivy Marsh, and myself and Tim cleared a windblown tree in Bishopston Valley. Kathryn supervised the National Beachwatch litterpick and survey at Rhossili. There were several other independently organised beachwatch events on NT Gower beaches as well – https://wordpress.com/post/21867019/2556/

The volunteers helped clear bracken from the old medieval church and village on the Warren at Rhossili in preparation for our big archaeology event – hidden histories. We also put in a new gate by the Lodge at Cwm Ivy, and finished clearing the bracken and some rhododendron regrowth at Notthill.

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