After a series of cancellations due to poor weather, the volunteers had the chance to make the first visit of the Winter season on Thursday 7th February.

 

A rainbow over Buckland. Photo: Rachel Watson

A rainbow over Buckland. Photo: Rachel Watson

 

It was a blustery day of sunshine and showers. We were lucky to dodge most of the rain, just catching one sharp downpour. Sheltering behind the APY wagon saved us from the worst.

 

Hand clearing walls. Photo: Rachel Watson

Hand clearing walls. Photo: Rachel Watson

 

Strimming the pounds. Photo: Rachel Watson

Strimming the pounds. Photo: Rachel Watson

 

With 16 volunteers deployed hand clearing the walls, removing gorse from the boundary and strimming the insides of the pounds, huge progress was achieved.

 

Lunch in the sunshine. Photo: Sylvia Hamilton

Lunch in the sunshine. Photo: Sylvia Hamilton

 

A busy afternoon was spent clearing up before we retired to the inn in Widecombe for our usual “de-brief”.

 

Clearing up. Photo: Rachel Watson

Clearing up. Photo: Rachel Watson

 

An extra visit on 13th March has been added to the programme, when we hope to be able to leave the site clear to encourage in the stock to graze and discourage the return of the bracken.