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Pierrepont working party, 5th March 2011

by Brian Lavers

Good weather with thirteen eager conservation volunteers present. A good turnout.

Work concentrated on further drilling, poisoning and uprooting the Tankersford rhododendron, entailing a sweep from the bridle path westwards and concentrating on that which had survived the previous assault but also successfully removing a patch among the branches of a fallen tree previously classified as ‘too difficult’. Further chainsaw rhodie dismemberment also accomplished. The accompanying photos well illustrate our collective efforts.

Countryside Restoration Trust volunteers Conway Churchill and Brian Sams trimming felled rhododendrons. Once seasoned, the thicker cuts will fuel the farmhouse's stoves. The thinner branches, known as 'brash', will eventually be burned on site. The stumps will be torn up if possible, otherwise they will be drilled and poison injected.

CRT volunteers Conway Churchill (left) and Brian Sams trimming felled rhododendrons. Once seasoned, the thicker cuts will fuel the farmhouse's stoves. The thinner branches, known as 'brash', will eventually be burned on site. The stumps will be torn up if possible, otherwise they will be drilled and poison injected.

A new speed bump warning sign erected in the drive and bollards replaced at the Reeds Road entrance to the farm. Areas of the corridors in the new buildings made even brighter by the application of yet another coat of emulsion.

Mid-morning break held at our usual Tankersford spot, the Kelly kettle and Rod’s chocolate cake (surpassing even his very high standards) provided much needed refreshment. Lunch taken outside prompted by a weak but nevertheless welcoming sun.

Countryside Restoration Trust volunteers Ray Ashdown and Brian Lavers uprooting rhododendrons, or "rhodie-bashing".

Ray Ashdown (left) and Brian Lavers uprooting rhododendrons, or "rhodie-bashing".