Yesterday the volunteers joined us at Moor Green Lakes to cut back Long Island, although we found it was rather too exposed to the elements. So we bravely retreated to the calmer waters along the NW shore of Colebrook Lake. Clearing the bramble on this south-facing bank is great to promote the wildflowers, and reveal sandy cliffs used by burrowing bees and wasps.
Meanwhile Callum proved his mettle helping me tow the pontoon across to Plover Island. It was quite exciting with the white-topped waves hitting our 8ft boat (optimistically called the beast). After a much needed hot cup of tea we returned to Long Island to cut back the access path and check on our 8 bramble-munching goats.
As the wind increased to truly comic proportions, everyone did a fantastic job clubbing together to clear up. We had fun retrieving the cuttings which kept blowing off the tarps we were dragging, and then valiantly folding the sail-like tarps.