On Thursday Mike, Ed, Jeremy and student Gabriel joined me at Puckridge, Wellesley Woodlands, for a day that didn’t exactly turn out as expected.
We started the day by laying down a trailer full of aggregate on the path, on top of some newly installed culverts on a wet section of path, so now it shouldn’t be such a muddy challenge to negotiate.
Then we embarked upon a quest that grew and grew! Before Wellesley Woodlands was open to the public the MOD had done a vast swathe of planting throughout Puckridge and the tree guards remnants still remained. We began collecting them up, separating the guards from the stakes and cable ties, with Mike proving to have an excellent eye for spotting more through the trees. By the time we were done, we had filled our trailer and lost count of numbers but we guess it’s about 800 tree guards.
I’d like to offer a big thanks to the volunteers as it was a seemingly endless, thankless task but they never complained and the woods look a lot better now.
Assistant Ranger Laura