On Friday Bryce helped us to replace the fuel valve on our motorscythe machine, which proved a challenge as it’s not designed to come apart. Restrained cunning was promptly replaced with a hammer to dislodge the valve, then we scavenged a length of wire to fish it out of the empty fuel tank. Having earned his mechanics badge, Bryce was rewarded with a go on Nasher (our ride-on-brushcutter) at Moor Green, mowing the path ready for a school to trim the hedge.
Elsewhere we’ve been felling dangerous trees which were hung up over the paths at Southwood. The smaller ones were cleared on Sunday with SWIG (Southwood Woodland Improvement Group), where the volunteers also had a go at fire lighting with spark sticks. We returned on Thursday armed with chainsaws and five willing helpers to clear the larger ones, with John having a go on the winch to dislodge an awkward tree.