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Conservation Work - Past
We returned to help Forest of Bradford with this large planting scheme on the hillside above the reservoir.
Although there were spells of rain, we had great views across to Derbyshire (I think!).
We planted the shrub layer surrounding the woodland trees; hazel, grey willow, holly, elderberry and guelder rose. Once planted, a guard was placed over the tree and well secured to give them a good start. Welcome to Andy and Sylvie who both joined us for the first time.
Happy New Year
We made it today, hooray! We joined Forest of Bradford volunteers and between us planted 400 trees, finishing at lunchtime (though we had had mince pie and pumpkin cake snacks mid morning).
This is a big scheme, spreading around the hillside. We were mainly planting Scot’s pine and hazel.
It was a good place to spend our last volunteer day of 2019, with lovely views amongst the lifting clouds. Thanks for all your efforts through 2018, it’s been quite an ‘interesting’ year!
More minibus trouble so we had to abandon our plans to go tree planting at Ogden reservoir.
Instead we undertook the essential task of removing some of the dandelions from the meadow at Culture Fusion, as well as weeding the growing beds.
We made a short trip up to the orchard as well to check if the gales had done any damage. We had to replace some of the covering on the apple store but we were pleased to see no damage had been done to the trees.
Today we concentrated on pruning the apple trees.
Last winter we had to cancel a few planned sessions due to the inclement weather and some of the trees are getting too crowded. We took lower branches off Belle de Boskoop and Winston to help access to get under the trees. As always, we start by removing dead, diseased and damaged branches, though there aren’t too many of them. There is still a lot more pruning to do so we will return to this task in the New Year.
It was a chilly day, so the tasks of turning the compost heaps and digging out nettles were a useful way of keeping warm.
Today we applied the second coat of the clay plaster on the inside of the store.
We have a couple of tubs left which we will use on the rougher areas, and the final coat is a lime whitewash to help increase the reflected light levels inside (as well as acting as a herbicide and deterring rodents).
More weeding on around the orchard.
Trouble with minibus today. Flat battery and breakdown assistance took too long to get to us.
Late morning a couple of cars despatched to Rodley and people were able to help out for an hour two, but not a full day’s contribution this year which was a shame. Still, people managed to do their Christmas shopping at the visitor’s centre!
Today we applied the second coat of lime render, using up all our supplies but not quite covering all the walls.
We bought some more render on 26th November and completed the second coat. The final coat will left until the spring as we do not wish to take any further risks if the weather turns frosty. The covers will stay on for a few more weeks.
Today we applied a coat of lime slip to the outside of the apple store. Unlike when using the clay plaster on the inside walls, we needed to take precautions against the caustic nature of the lime render; googles, gloves and overalls. It all went smoothly (unlike the surface of the walls which are very lumpy indeed).
For those not involved in the render there were apples to sort, and ground elder to tame. We are weeding the stretch behind Egremont Russet and are thinking of adding more soft fruit here.