The DPA Conservation Team gathered in Princetown on Thursday 12th February to do some clearance work in the churchyard.

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General scene before work started.

The main problem was that the grass had not been cut for some time.

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An overgrown grave.

The volunteers set to work brush-cutters and hand tools.

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A DPA volunteer raking cut grass.

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General scene showing volunteers at work.

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A cleaned grave.

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A general scene after grass cutting had been done.

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Another scene showing results of clearance.

Meanwhile ….. at the top end of the churchyard, two young beech trees had been blown over and were “hung up” precariously in a fir tree.

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Cutting the second of twin beech trees – the stump of the first one is seen in front of the chainsaw.

Two wind-blown beech trees were a bit of a handful to take down safely.  They were “hung up” in a fir tree where they might fall at any time to the detriment of any passers by.

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Using a Spanish windlass to gently wind the tree down.

One of the considerations was that the tree should not damage a young tree growing nearby, in a tree guard, seen in the bottom centre of the photograph above.

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It’s coming – slowly.

Thanks to Adam Sparkes for the photographs.