Posted by: Claire Hannington | February 3, 2017

Jolly January 2017

The first couple of volunteer days this year were spent at Cwm Ivy. The Thursday group came out first in the New Year and spent the day splitting logs, clearing the ride and helping me clear some windblown trees along the track. I think they were all pleased to be back out blowing away the New Year cobwebs. Karen certainly had a jolly good time rolling the logs down the slope to put in the trailer..


The Saturday group spent quite a pleasant day despite the forecast on the back of Cwm Ivy Tor clearing scrub. Over the last few years we have managed to take control of the scrub and bracken on the front of the Tor so decided it was time to tackle the back. And with over 20 of us with loppers and slashers in hand we cleared a large area.


We spent another couple of days on this site with the weekday groups and the large patch of gorse in the middle has now been cleared as well. We also refilled our log store, neatly stacked by Georgie I might we are ready to take them to the holiday cottages when needed.


Alys took the volunteers out on the first Tuesday back and cleared the last remaining gorse at Fall Bay. We now have a little cut gorse left to burn but I’m hoping to do that next week.





Meanwhile I spent the day in Ceredigion helping Vicky with the ponies at Penbryn. It was time for their annual teeth checkup and we spent an interesting day with the equine dentist! Photos copyright of Janet Baxter.

We’ve been starting to get to grips with our new big red shiny toy (aka post driver) and the Tuesday group have spent a couple of days fencing one of our new hay meadow fields in the Vile.

We’ve all been learning how to operate the tractor and the post driver and apparently they are all bringing their deck chairs with them next week as its just so good! It is rather a handy bit of kit and will definitely save us some very aching arms, but we still need all the volunteers to staple the wire on; so no deck chairs! Can’t say its quite the weather for them just yet anyway…

The Wednesday group kicked off with some scrub clearance on Cwm Ivy Tor plus a day on Ryers Down, clearing rhododendron. This will be ongoing for a few years to come but the benefits are already being seen. Corrinne has been out surveying and found rather a nice rare lichen already.

We finished the scrub clearance at Bishopston Valley Hillfort and spent half a day coppicing in the woods.

A group from Coleg Sir Gar have joined me on Mondays undertaking practical work for their forestry qualifications. We spent the first day in Cwm Ivy Woods clearing the ride and some bramble to enable me to gain access to some windblown trees that need making safe.

Last Thursday we spent a bitterly cold day in Brecon tree planting at Pont Ar Daf. Thank you to Tim who had a fire going already on our arrival but it was still cold. Fair play to the volunteers for sticking it out as long as they did.


I have to admit I was rather warm and toasty in the passenger seat of a recovery vehicle on my way to Bridgend after an hour or so. Our Land Rover broke down when we got to Brecon so someone had to go with it and get a replacement vehicle…’s to a fab February!




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