Sunday, February 5, 2012

Abbey Fishponds, 4th February 2012

A particularly cold Saturday morning attracted twelve hardy green gym participants, on this occasion led by James, and a further four local volunteers at the Abbey Fishponds site working under the direction of warden, Marjorie White. 

The fishponds site is an historic nature reserve situated within the Audlett Drive estate toward the East of Abingdon. The site is managed by Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) with work parties held on the first Saturday of each month.  Abingdon Green Gym join up with several of these work parties each year.

The tasks this time around included reed cutting and raking, clearing and stacking overgrown brambles, litter picking and repairing the sides of an embankment. 

Good progress was made on all the jobs straight from the off, perhaps in an effort to keep moving and stay warm!  A welcome coffee break was certainly earned at 11am, with Kevin and Carolyn having provided the refreshments this week.  Following the break, the hard work continued and thankfully the session finished before the first snowflakes of the year fell, later in the day.
- Andrew

Looking North across the red beds from the embankment



A pile of freshly-stacked brambles



Embankment repairs




Green Gym participants reviewing their hard work!

         

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