Thursday 29th February 2024 - The leap year day for a fair sized team had a definite feeling of deja vu about it as it was another wet day of endurance at Queen Marys Woodland, just like last Thursday.
Continuing the ride opening activity of pushing back Bramble the volunteers ignored the constant drizzle pushing their way East on both sides of the path, there was also felling to a couple of dead Ivy clad trees from the centre of the woods for future tree restocking space and removing of a few stretches of Chestnut fencing where it had outlived its usefulness whilst bolstering up areas that were still open and in need of repair.
Tuesday 27th February 2024 - The weather remaining dry led to a conducive day of work for the volunteers managing to cover two sites.
Beginning their day at Wandle Edge, the team did not have to get the brushcutter going surprisingly this time but with a couple of fallen tree limbs it wasn't too long before the sound of the chainsaw was filling the void. As the material was processed and stacked there was just a bit of time left over to dig out a few grassland Brambles and pull a few Nettle roots before moving to their next destination.
Arriving at Wandle Valley Wetland, after a quick look at the pond to check the results of last weeks work it was then on to the business at hand, a needed litter pick to the far end of the site, gathering up bags of discarded household rubbish chucked over the fence and pulling out a fair sized haul of fly tipped waste to go with it!
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.