On Tuesday Santa’s Elves lent a hand at Tice’s Meadow for our infamous festive task and BBQ. We arrived to a beautiful icy morning overlooking the meadow, and set to work putting up the gazebo.
This year was our largest Christmas Task with 30 volunteers from Blackwater Valley & Tices Meadow Bird Group, hosted by the entire BVCP team. Stu took a group off to cut back crossings over the mighty (3 foot wide) River Blackwater, whilst Jenny led clearing invasive willow from a reed bed. Meanwhile Bobbie and Sarah nurtured a roaring fire, with the comic leaping towards the heat to retrieve the potato-laden ammo box.
Our usual lunch was surpassed with hot BBQ food thanks to Laura, Emily, Sam and Callum, followed by Christmas presents for everyone. It was great for all the volunteers to mingle and catch up.
Before leaving site we decided to admire the sunset, open some emergency chocolate and start Jenny’s jigsaw puzzle present. I couldn’t possibly comment on the rumours of a link to sightings of Richard returning with jump leads….
The day was a huge success with lots of work achieved to help Tice’s Meadow Reserve, and a chance for us to say thank you to our wonderful volunteers.
Acting Senior Ranger Stuart