PEA (Plymouth Environmental Action) joined DPA on the leat again on Saturday 12th November, making this the 9th work day on the project. We continued to take trees out of the leat, where they never would have been when the leat was flowing and also from the close banks to open up a footpath. We have already seen the path being used by walkers.

My thanks to the PEA volunteers: Sam, Denise, Queenie, Rosemary, Rob, Simon, Pete, Alison, Anna, Steph, Lucy, Hayley and Esther and to DPA volunteers: Roger, Barbara, John, Elaine and Chris who joined me today, making 19 of us altogether,

As can be seen in this photo, the PEA volunteers really got stuck into the work.

PEA volunteers tackling a felled tree - click photo for larger version

As with most of our work days, there is not a lot of time-wasting. The next photo shows quite a large tree waiting for the volunteers’ attention …..

Behind, another felled tree awaits disposal - click photo for a larger version

More PEA volunteers working on a felled tree …..

Smile, please - click photo for a larger version

The Secretary of the Commoners Association visited us quite early this morning to say that there was a pony drift taking place on the Common today. Later, we saw at least 34 ponies trotting by. We also saw a few ponies passing up and down by the leat  several times. A farmer on a quad bike stopped by and said the ponies were beginning to enjoy the chase!

No time to stand and stare - click photo for a larger version

The volunteers did not take long to reduce quite large trees to new habitat piles, leaving logs behind, mostly for the local residents. We all enjoy the trees that are not hawhorns!

PEA loppers and saws in action - click photo for a larger version

The photograph above, in the background, shows a bend in the leat.

Of course, as in the natural order of things, there’s them as does (see previous photos) and then there’s them as says …..

Roger & Esther - click photo for a larger version

Again, for those readers who try to follow the plot, we have reached a section of the leat where it converges with the road (see next photograph).

Chris, Barbara & Elaine, by the road - click photo for larger version

It was along here that a local resident walked by with her dog on the newly cleared path area and said that she thought we were “doing a wonderful job”. They could walk without going on the cycle track and that can get very busy at weekends.

And, finally! I will say nothing about the weather today – except that it was glorious!

John & Elaine enjoying a coffee break in the autumn sunshine - click photo for larger version

To anyone out there thinking about volunteering with the DPA, as you can see, we usually have a good time – today, some of us had a recap afterwards at The Rock Hotel, Yelverton.  The next leat day is on Thursday 8th December.