Nice start to the day today. I got there at about 9:45 and saw a couple of squirrels playing on the path. There were also loads of birds in full song and it felt good. The wider the path is, the more pleasant the greenway feels. Not quite so claustrophobic is probably quite a good way to describe it.
We pushed on with much reduced numbers today. John, Mike and myself to be fair and Mike was concentrating on tidying around the bird-box clearing, so effectively it was just John and me pushing on. However, we cleared another 30 or so meters.
We had a bonfire but I think for the sake of quickness, we can just push scrub down the bank whilst we are on such high embankment. This will be used by all sorts of small mammals who will use it for shelter, and as it rots down it will become host to plenty of fungi.
Personally I think we need to try and copy the above as we move down the path. We are on high embankment until we get to the end and really we just need to remove the scrub on the top surface, and lop any branches encroaching from the edges, so that we have a V or U profile on the path with stand alone trees, as well as groups or clumps, like in the picture.
We are still on target for getting to the end by the end of the month. John suggested that when we get there, we work back and just tidy and rake. There are also a few areas where we have got under the blackthorn but left the top a bit heavy, so maybe this could be thinned, as we work back. As soon as we have done this, and worked our way back to the new underpass, then we can really get stuck into the run from there to The Bear. The ground is scrub free and in deep cutting for the whole run, so it will just be a case of creating clearings and working up and along the south-facing bank.
Someone has been working on the section between the entrance and the underpass. I don’t know who this is but they have done a really good job of lopping the trees and widening the path. This will save us time in February so thank-you very much for your efforts!
Next workday (Sunday 15th Jan) I will bring the brush-cutter and really blast a good run. If everyone else works at raking the brash off, then I think we can probably get ahead of schedule.
Lastly, I have ordered some new rakes and a new pair of loppers. Doubtful if we will have these by next week, so it might be worth bringing a rake. I will bring one extra.
Until next time!