Lured by the smell of barbequing burgers and oodles of cake, we had a bumper turnout of 33 people at our esteemed annual Christmas Task. The gang quickly got stuck in clearing invasive rhody in Queen Elizabeth Park in Farnborough, with the Tony Elston taking lead on the fire. With such a large group we really opened up the view through the woodland to the mature oaks and beech, expanding on the area we’d cleared with the Nepalese Community in the Spring.
Steven got a chance to dabble in some chainsawing of the larger rhody, which he did very well especially with everyone watching. The stumps were dug out or chopped down low and painted with herbicide by Laura, which has proved successful on reducing regrowth.
Once the team had been stuffed silly with burgers and yet more tea and cake, we settled down for an afternoon of chatting and catching up by the fire. It was great to see so many friends. A big thank you to everyone for all their help.
Later in the week I popped back to QEP to turn in the fire a couple of times, then the staff headed out to Moor Green Lakes for our Christmas outing – a lovely morning in the sunshine bird watching and nosing at the plastic snipe which I’d mounted by Colebrook Hide the day before.