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The Destruction Continues

Saturday 21 January saw the Pierrepont conservation volunteers cut down the last of the rhododendron growing in the area between the bridle path running through the farm, and the river. The otherwise very vigorous rhododendron stumps will be killed off later in the year by the local application of a herbicide.

After over seven years of intermittent but steady effort the volunteers are now within easy sight of clearing the whole Tankersford woodland of what was at one time a very substantial area of this invasive pest.

On the same date the last of the “small-hole” bird nest boxes were put in place within Tankersford. This winter has seen a concerted effort on the part of the conservation volunteers to rehang, clean out, refurbish and repair the existing nest boxes and the manufacture – assisted by the Aldershot Scouts – of a number of new boxes. A grand total of 45 boxes now await occupation.

Volunteers hard at work demolishing rhododendron

Volunteers hard at work demolishing rhododendron

....and then, having done so, enjoying a welcome brew up.

….and then, having done so, enjoying a welcome brew up.