Onwards with a short drive around the corner to the groundkeeper's buildings, where we unloaded the tools and began our trek across the golf course to Boundary House Fen where our work was to be carried out. A short pause while we waited for some golfers to clear the fairway and we arrived and got underway.
The reeds had recently been cut over the entire fen area and our job was to take them up and carry and stack them in piles around the perimeter. There were also a few isolated areas of tree regrowth to cut cut back and some fallen branches to deal with.
Being somewhat understaffed, we did the best job that we could, but it was soon evident that we would not complete the task today. Not to worry, we worked steadily and got around half of the raking done, quite respectable!
During the morning, Judy identified a number of rare plants and fungi and saw evidence of the increase of many fenland species. Very encouraging with regards to our work here.
Back across the golf course at the end of the session where we were interrogated by an irate golfer who informed us that there was no public footpath in the vicinity! Quite where he thought we were headed with rakes and pitchforks, we had no idea, but he soon apologised when we informed him of his error!
|Unloading of tools at the groundkeeper's buildings|
|Waiting for golfers as we walk across to the fen|
|Boundary House Fen at the start of the session|
|Some of the tall pine trees flanking the fen|
|Work in progress|
|Robert pitchforking some of the cut reeds|
|Ursula in charge of refreshments|
|Mycelium inside a tree branch|
|Turkeytail fungus on a fallen tree|
|One of the ponds within the fen|
|The raked and stacked reeds from the session|
|Janet, Robert and Sally with a drag-bag full of raked reeds|