Last Friday, 6th January 2017, found us leaving our decorations behind and celebrating Twelfth Night by dismantling dead branches rather than Christmas Trees. 10 volunteers turned out to clear the section of the Devonport Leat, near the Yelverton end, between two lengths that we had cleared earlier. It was a rather muddy stretch with wellies needed and plenty of brambles and fallen pieces of tree to clear away. It was good to welcome a new volunteer, Jack, who was young and fit enough to lift huge sections of tree out of the way!

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Chris and Jack making short work of a fallen branch. Photo: Val Barns

After lunch the drizzle began but we were able to complete the section before we all got too wet.

Finishing in full waterproofs. Photo: Val Barns

Finishing in full waterproofs. Photo: Val Barns

We then repaired to our usual watering hole for a “debrief”, hoping that they wouldn’t notice the mud, and leaving behind a nice, clear leat.

Job done. Photo: Val Barns

Job done. Photo: Val Barns

The next Leat workday on 27th January will be used to finish clearing Roborough Camp (SX 506 642).