Posted by: Claire Hannington | July 1, 2016

June’s jobs

Well that’s been another very mixed month weather wise. Hot sunshine to torrential downpours.The Saturday group started a bit murky on the start of National Volunteers week but as the day progressed the sun came out. We were at Rhossili clearing the ditch that runs down the edge of the path to the beach. Having completed that task we also managed a couple of hours litterpicking on the beach in the afternoon.

Thanks to Jackie and Jo for the photos.

We finally finished one side of the new fence in the hay meadow in the Vile. Its been a credit to all the volunteers who have spent a lot of effort putting all the posts in by hand.

We had the help of a few new volunteers too who have joined our Tuesday group.

Vile fence

Virgin media provided more man and woman power clearing rhododendron at Ryers Down with another 4 groups coming out this month. Hopefully we haven’t put them off and they will rejoin us next year for their community days.

We cleared out the second half of the cattle grid on the Warren and also started the annual bracken clearance in that area. The scythes have been resurrected and made short work of the bracken – the weather has made it grow like mad really suddenly this year.

It’s been hot work at times so we may have indulged in a little ice cream – I just need it to be good weather for the Wednesday group who have so far missed out.

Ice cream!

We have had a few rogue sheep on the Warren and have been trying to work out where they were getting in. One suspected route was jumping from the wall over the fence between the Warren and the Down and this was confirmed by a sighting. So we spent a couple of days re-fencing along the top of the wall on the Down – whilst dodging the most horrific downpours.

We also had to dodge a couple of showers whilst filming on the beach at Rhossili. The series Countryfile Diaries with front man Jules Hudson came down to do some filming with regards to beach and marine litter and interviewed myself, Kathryn and the volunteers – I think it was Keith who stole the limelight! It’s due to be aired the first week in August so watch out for us.

1 nt countryfile group

We had a glorious day litterpicking the beaches at Nicholaston and Tor Bay.

1 nt litter pick

This week I remembered to take the camera out with me to get some pictures – unfortunately the weather had other ideas. We spent a rather soggy couple of days clearing around the top gate at Cwm Ivy and clearing the rampant vegetation growth in the woodyard.

Yesterday we fared a little better and started the clearance of the bracken on Cwm Ivy Tor.

I forgot to take a photo….





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