Thursday 22nd February 2024 - A new volunteer joined the team on todays rain-soaked taskday at Queen Marys Woodland.
With a lot of determination to battle through the mighty unpleasant conditions that the sky brought forth, the soon soggy heroes devoted their time to pushing back the mass of Bramble that has erupted along both sides of the Northern path and clearing Ivy clad fallen tree limbs from the wood pasture area to add to the sites newest dead hedge.
Tuesday 20th February 2024 - A smaller contingent of volunteers allowed a concentrated clear-up around the pond area of Wandle Valley Wetland to be carried out.
As a number of the regular team were away and with the central pathway not being awash with Bramble and Nettles to brushcut, the team could carry out a land and water assault on the pond and surround which usually gets the left to the end when team energy and spirit is low.
With dry, fairly bright conditions and a slight chill to the weather, long but fairly sporadic outbreaks of Bramble were cut and popped from the pond dipping platform around to the tip of the site, litter was thoroughly picked and with waders on, the channels and pond edges were dredged of decaying vegetation and many fallen branches to get some movement going to the waters.
Thursday 15th February 2024 - The day was bathed in some welcome sunny rays and the temperature got to the point where some of the team were in T-shirts as they worked away around the borough separating bund of Roundshaw Downs.
Continuing with the Bramble reducing measures that have been active in this area over the last couple of years, double brush-cutting and copious amounts of lopping were carried out by the volunteers.
Starting with the re-growth put on since the last pushback (which showed signs of changes to the vegetive composition) the team were then able to shave off that little bit more of the Bramble wave in the ongoing efforts to return this area to the grassland it was before the arrival of the bund.
Tuesday 13th February 2024 - Spots of unwanted drizzle made on off apparencies throughout the day as the volunteers, boosted by a college student, set about work at Carew Manor Wetland.
Carrying out a spot of brushcutting to the island to get rid of the last vestiges of last years vegetation for the coming Spring, the greater part of the day had the team complimenting the pond clearance work from late last year.
After shifting one pile of that days aquatic arisings which had nicely drained, there was a fifty fifty split to the team as three donned waders to get in the water and dredge the tremendous amount of silt and pockets of vegetation to open up the greater length of the waterway as the land team provided a running cavalcade of barrows, packing up the muddy mess for dumping on the compost piles.