The trek up to the site was lovely in the sunshine although it was very wet underfoot. Water ran down the track and filled all the depressions in the path. The ford was deep and lively but we all made it across safely. After a brief rest, we all set off on our separate tasks.

Photo: Sylvia Hamilton

Photo: Sylvia Hamilton

 

Photo: Sylvia Hamilton

Photo: Sylvia Hamilton

 

The two photos above – Peter Butcher and Val machined gorse from the bank above the farmstead fields; Sylvia cleared the cuttings.

 

Photo: Rachel Watson

Photo: Rachel Watson

 

 

Photo: Rachel Watson

Photo: Rachel Watson

 

The two photos above – Bill, Peter Binding, Hilary, Rachel, Bob and Mike cleared gorse from the cross wall.

 

Photo: Rachel Watson

Photo: Rachel Watson

 

The photo above – Derek, assisted by Claude, painted the stumps with colour-dyed Roundup. The paint was very runny and left his gloves purple. He looked like he had tried to rob an ATM!

We marked a path from the farmstead to the ford above the high bog. Most of the way was wet and tussocky and covered in gorse and brambles. We may have to rethink the best route for the new path.

At the end, we loaded bags with waste plastic screening to be carried back and taken to the tip.

The day was almost perfect; sunny and clear with a steady breeze with only a couple of brief spells of light rain that caused us no interruption.