Here is Jonathan’s message
There’ll be a volunteer session in Fairfield Orchard, Fauna and Flora this Saturday, November 9th, commencing at 10.00am and finishing at 1.00pm. Please do come along if you can spare any or all of that time out of your Saturday.
You may detect something of a Flora bias in this month’s list of tasks, as we make our first tentative moves onto our new land. By the end of play we should all be able to identify Fields 1, 2, 3 and 4, and how often do you get the chance to say that?
1.Plant Woodland Trust hedge saplings in
a) gaps in the Pads hedge alongside the Big Meadow
b) gaps in the Pads hedges alongside the Flora fields
c) and if we have spare saplings after the above, there is an obvious absence of hedge between Big Meadow and the Hay meadow.
2.Remove existing Flora boundary fence whilst preserving it for re-use. And in the unlikely event of time permitting, we can start to re-erect the fence as the woodland extension boundary with Field 3.
3.Mark out lynchets with posts.
4.Dig out and re-erect old boundary stone in the Flora fields.
5.Retrieve stone from damaged wall alongside Aldcliffe Road and store safely nearby.
6.Remove corrugated sheets in Field 3 and transport them to Fauna.
7.Move old fencing from Pony Wood. Also remove an old gate between Fields 2 and 3 to a dump we are creating.
8.Mark with posts
a) manhole covers in Fields 3 and 4
b) field drain in Field 1
9.Re-erect post in Field 1 knocked over by sheep.
Meanwhile at the Other Events Of Interest desk, I’ve been asked to pass on some information regarding Grange Fell Care Day, which takes place on November 13th.
“Join us in Grange over Sands for another large scale day of conservation volunteering and cake! There’ll be lots of activities in the woods including walling, coppicing, tree management and path work. It’s free to take part and there’s a task to suit all levels of fitness and mobility. Booking deadline Friday 8 November.”
For full information on this Friends of the Lake District event, follow this link…
And that’s your lot from me for this month.
Do please come along this Saturday if you can possibly make it and let’s *really* get to grips with counting Flora Fields 1 through to 4 inclusively.