Ten volunteers gathered at the DPA-owned Pudsham Meadows on Sunday 26th November for another day of estates management. The usual activities were undertaken – namely scrub clearance with a bonfire to burn the cuttings, as well as other jobs. The bonfire was a welcome feature on a cold November day.

 

 

Clearing scrub - 1

Clearing scrub – 1

As can be seen from the photo. compared to previous visits, the scrub is getting less.

 

 

Clearing scrub - 2

Clearing scrub – 2

 

 

Dragging cuttings to the bonfire

Dragging cuttings to the bonfire

The problem with having a bonfire in one place and clearance work going on at different places means that the cut material has to be dragged or carried some distance to be burnt – this energetic activity is its own form of compensation for being away from the warming fire!

 

The bonfire

The bonfire

Once the fire gets going, it is very effective at reducing the amount of cut scrub.

 

Coffee break

Coffee break

The photograph above shows a well-earned break for coffee.

 

Gate maintenance

Gate maintenance

Besides the clearance work, other jobs were carried out. These included clearing debris from the fence line, and also maintenance work to a stile and a gate.