Yesterday the hardy band of Tuesday volunteers came out to Hawley Meadows, armed with their trusty wellies. The task was to cut back the river-side path at the north end. Bank erosion from the floods, combined with dense bramble and fallen trees had made the route impassable, to all but intrepid walkers / mountain goats. The gang did a fantastic job, clearing and burning the brash. Laura and I chuckled at volunteers’ early careful attempts to avoid the rather damp bits, were quickly ignored as the entire work site became a comic quagmire.
Our student Dannie, joined Laura, Steven and I today as we returned to clear some of the larger overhanging trees. Everyone worked really well and had fun, although despite getting stuck in Dannie ended up suspiciously mud free – unlike the rest of us who had doubled in weight. Anyway, the before and after photos look rather dramatic, and show the great transformation.