The main task was to rake up the reeds from the reed bed, which was being cut with the mower. The wardens, Keith and Dorothy aim to cut the reed beds in a four year rotation. There was a lot of dead wood which needed picking up and we had to slash some of the reeds by hand in order to locate it. The task was made more difficult by the fact that the reeds had been flattened by the heavy rain the previous night. We put the cut reeds and smaller wood into builders' rubble bags and dragged them across the bridge and up to the bonfire site.
Margaret, our resident pyromaniac, volunteered to take charge of the bonfire and amazingly, considering the damp conditions, managed to light it and keep it going. She was rewarded by having a nice, warm job without too much tramping to and fro dragging rubble bags.
We were glad to stop for our coffee break and were joined by two Sonning Common members, who are regular workers at the reserve and two young volunteers who had been helping to repair a fence. We also had the luxury of plastic picnic chairs to sit on.
It was back to work afterwards for the last forty five minutes. We had made some obvious progress on the reed bed, though there was still a lot more to be done. I think this session showed that Green Gym gets out there whatever the weather.
|Starting work on the reed bed|
|Lesley and Colin slashing and raking|
|Margaret hauling a bag across the bridge|
|Margaret tending the bonfire|
|Preparing to get back to work|
|Dorothy and Keith with two young volunteers|