Thursday 5th September saw the DPA volunteers turning out again under a moderately hot sun. It was a good day to carry plenty of liquid – I don’t normally drink between between the regular breaks but I did today, it was warm.

The starting area - we camped under the banyan tree on the left.

The starting area – we camped under the banyan tree on the left.

The photograph above shows the area where we started, there is previously cleared ground nearest the camera and uncleared ground further away …..

The starting area, aftert clearing.

The starting area, after clearing.

This photograph shows it all cleared. The shade tree on the left by the bend in the leat is where we had our base for the day …..

Lunch break, in the shade.

Lunch break, in the shade.

The volunteers taking a well-earned break.

The volunteers taking a well-earned break.

I have to thank Bill, Chris, Derek, Elaine & John, Emily, Janet, John & Rachel, Sylvia and Val, with myself making 12 energetic souls.

A length of Plymouth Leat before bracken clearing was done.

A length of Plymouth Leat before bracken clearing was done.

Before the bracken was cleared, some parts of the leat had almost been hidden from view, as can be seen in the photograph above.  I am always amazed at the difference that a few hours of concerted effort by “The A Team” can make, as shown by the last photograph!

After the bracken was cleared away.

After the bracken was cleared away.

Statistics: We cleared approximately 370 metres along the leat, both of bracken and then of re-grown gorse: this was accomplished with four brush-cutters. We have to thank our TWO Cake Queens today – Sylvia for her Pear & Ginger cake and Elaine for two other cakes – Lemon and Chocolate.

Normal service has been resumed!