Boundary House Fen, Saturday 2nd October 2021
It was a very rainy Saturday for our Green Gymmers this week as we set off for Boundary House Fen, but the weather (and indeed the fen itself) was no match for our wellies, raincoats, and waterproof trousers! After the team had assembled we were given a quick briefing by the day's noble leader, Sally, and the capable Rod D'Ayla, guardian of this patch of fen. Rod explained that he had been doing some reed cutting and was starting to dig some new ditches to divert the water where it is most needed - a task which has no end. Our job, then, was to rake up the cut reeds and transport them to where they were needed to plug some deeper sections of water. Two able scythers, Jim and Adrian, were also on hand to continue the reed cutting efforts.
At the end of the day we all gathered underneath a big tree to check we hadn't left any equipment to the sucking influence of the fen, and to bid one another goodbye. Hot drinks, a bath, and a big lunch for each of us, I think.
|Boundary House Fen, with freshly cut reeds|
|Filling drag bags whilst supporting a variety of wet weather gear|
|Weather fit for snails|
|Team work across the fen|
|Girls just wanna have f...ull drag bags of reeds|
|A knotgrass moth caterpillar?|
|Judy's fungi haul!|
|A particularly fine specimen|
|Scything masters at work|
|This photo does not show you Adrian's rescue of me as I got stuck in the mud|
|The final push|
|The finished (for now) product|