Monday saw the first of our conservation days on Boarshaw Clough. After being introduced to new members of our team, Emma and Steven, we all clambered aboard the minibus eager to start. Last week we had surveyed the site and identified areas that required our attention. As I was going to be the project leader for the day I decided to focus on the amphitheatre area.
After a captivating (?!) introduction and tool safety talk (making full use of the amphitheatre landscape of course!) it was straight to work.
One task was to fill in the trenches around the wooden slats on the ground that were making fantastic trip hazards for unsuspecting walkers! After an initial panic over the frozen ground, that group quickly got started clearing the pathway and using the discarded turf to fill in the holes.
Another group set to work on an overgrown area around one of the benches on the site. The view of a sea of brambles was quickly transformed into a much more pleasant one, revealing the stream below.
All this hard work was of course carried out either side of the very important lunch break, followed by a quick game of Viking Kubbs. I amazed everyone with my LACK of throwing ability, but luckily the rest of my team had much better aim and we came away triumphant!
Thanks everyone for a great day and here’s to next Monday!