Yesterday Jenny and I were joined by a hoard of 2nd Sandhurst Scouts to complete their World Challenge Badge with an environmental task. They set to work digging up invasive oak saplings from Blackwater Meadows, to promote our wildflowers like the rare Great Burnet we found. It soon became competitive to find the largest sapling in the meadow…..
It was a good opportunity for Jenny to gain experience in the dark art of leading youth groups, and we also took turns to head off and cut the BV Path south down to the A30. After lunch the troop dug a couple of pits for our Blackwater Meadows stag beetle stumperies, then rolled in some suitably challenging massive logs and tamped them in. We’ve now completed over 15 stumperies so we’re well on our way to the Blackwater Valley Trust target of creating 50 stag beetle stumperies along the Blackwater Valley this year.
At the end with my scout leader hat on, I presented the scouts with their well deserved badges. Thank you to Dennis and the scouts for such a fantastic job.