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Archive of posts tagged rhodie

Gates, pies and rhodies

by Rod Kebble The conservation volunteers met on 8th December for the last working party of 2012. One group set about clearing some rhodies that had been cut down about a year ago but not removed from the site. Consequently, the plants had started to take root again and had to be given a stern […]

Green gym gyrations for geriatrics!

by Rod Kebble (aged 66) As the youngest person present yesterday, I shall probably get into trouble for the title of this piece. However, none of our much younger volunteers were on hand, so pensioner power made itself felt in the woods. The rhododendron selected for clearance had previously been left alone due to the […]

Too cold to dig but snowdrops break through

by Rod Kebble Although the temperature at Pierrepont Farm was -9°C at 0600 on 4th February, nine volunteers were on-site by 0930, ready to put more hedge plants into the ground. However the ground proved too frozen to dig, so the volunteers fell back on the on-going winter Plan B, namely attacking rhododendron. The area […]

Rhodie rhestling but no firewood chopping

by Rod Kebble The conservation group met on 7th January and, as forecast, this was the first time since the CRT acquired Pierrepont Farm in 2006 that the working party immediately following Christmas was not spent chopping firewood because the farmhouse was about to run out. This was partly due to the warmer weather before […]

Gathering winter fuel

by Rod Kebble The Pierrepont conservation group working party on 10th December was a tidying up exercise, picking up timber from various points in Tankersford Wood and Tankersford Copse. Some of it was recently-cut chestnut and birch, some of it rhododendron from earlier years. Altogether we managed to fill two trailer-loads, which were emptied at […]