We have started our winter work parties and autumn is still dazzling us with colour.

Our first 2 work parties concentrated on clearance of weeds from around the broom and the hedgerow saplings, in particular coarse grasses, bindweed, ivy and bramble.  September was rather a wash-out with heavy rain curtailing our efforts.  However, October was much sunnier and thus, more productive.  We were also pleased to welcome a new volunteer.

Above photos show two of the areas worked on this autumn.

The gate at the start of the bridle path has been targeted yet again, to the point where it was completely smashed.  Instead of persisting with replacements, 4 bollards have been installed, staggered in pairs.

Gatepost and gate removed
New bollards replacing the gate

All the footage and coverage on TV of the Armistice Centenary commemorations, have served as a reminder of the unseasonally mild weather we are experiencing at present.  The Armistice was signed on 11 November 1918 in a railway carriage in a wood near Paris.  The trees look bleak and leafless in cold conditions.  Contrast the beautiful colours we are enjoying.

Along Roman Road today
Trees along the Cemetery

There are even some flowers still showing and evidence of Scarlet Tiger caterpillars feeding up for the winter.

Due to another commitment, I have had to postpone the next work party.  It will now be held on Friday 23 November at 10 am.  We aim to continue our work checking the hedgerow planting carried out a couple of years ago, clearing and weeding as necessary.  Meeting point will be the junction with Westwood Ave – all welcome!


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