A short walk along the lane to the site followed, carrying the tools, while negotiating all the mud and many puddles! Upon arrival, we were shown the area that required raking and the volunteers split into several groups - either raking up and stacking the grass and reeds or cutting back the trees and saplings.
Due to the nature of the fen and because of all the recent rain, conditions underfoot were soggy to say the least. Despite our best efforts, it was impossible to avoid getting rather muddy and on some occasions getting out wellies rather stuck in the boggy ground! However, due to our large numbers and hard work, we made good progress.
A little later on, some further BBOWT volunteers appeared and kept themselves busy raking reeds on the adjoining Parsonage Moor and adding them to a bonfire.
Our tea-break was most welcome at 11am and this time we enjoyed some of Robert's homemade biscuits, which were most welcome.
We continued with our tasks after the interval and appeared to have made good progress. What better reward than to head to the Merry Miller at the end of the session for our annual Christmas meal, where session leader Margaret had booked us a table. As well as the work party, we were joined by some additional members for lunch, bringing our number up to 17. A great way to end the year.
Next up will be our AGM on January 12th.
|the group preparing to start work|
|Eleanor adding cut reeds to the pile|
|Lauren enjoying tea and homemade biscuit!|
|reed raking and bonfire on Parsonage Moor|
|finishing up and heading back|
|our Christmas lunch venue - the Merry Miller|