Hello from the new VPA team!!
In week 1 after going through Jo’s back catalogue of team building games we headed off to the Peak District National Park for our two day residential.
After going a bit mad with the Tesco food order (other supermarket delivery services are available) we arrived to find a table full of food and met Helen our Peak District Ranger who would be leading the conservation project.
On day one we started our task in line with the Peak District Biodiversity Action Plan, which involved clearing Hawthorn to allow the growth of wild flowers. Helen provided a background of the current priorities for the Peak District National Park and of the specific area in which we would be working.
Grateful for the fire, we sent Jo out to get marshmallows to toast.
Both days ended in a two course feast in addition to biscuits and hot chocolate which more than made up for all the calorie’s burnt off from working outside all day. On the menu on day one was Chicken Thai green curry and Sticky Toffee pudding with gallons of toffee sauce.
On day two we feasted on burrito’s and apple crumble and by 9 o’ clock were all ready for bed. As if we didn’t feel sick enough the more greedy of us also topped this off with marshmallow biscuits and hot chocolates whilst complaining we were too full!
Tired from a day’s hard work and stuffed from ridiculous amounts of food we spent the evening repeatedly asking whether it was too soon to go to bed and playing more of Jo’s favourite made up creations. Highlights included Cranium, fruit (= John Prescott?) and Whaa! which Tobias and Jess were forced to play for an extra 15 minutes until one of them eventually won.
After a full English breakfast (because we really hadn’t eaten enough food) we arrived back at Groundwork knackered and ready to do more of the same at Boarshaw Clough on Monday!