Archive for February, 2011

Wenlock Edge, Sunday 27th February

This week finds WNTCV at Wenlock Edge with NT Ranger Chris, clearing overgrown trees and scrub from the hillside of a disused limestone quarry. The aim is to restore the area to limestone grassland, creating an ideal habitat for wild flowers including orchids.

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Attingham, Saturday 19th February

Attingham, near Shrewsbury, was the location for a day of hedgelaying  with hedgelaying expert Karl Liebscher.

Despite heavy rain overnight, the clouds cleared and the group enjoyed the challenge of trying to match their stretch of hedge with the stretch laid by expert Karl.

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Toothill Woods, Sunday 13th February

Despite the rain, a hardy group of 5 went ‘rhodi bashing’ at Toothill in Staffordshire, near the village of Alton. They met members of the Staffordshire volunteer group and, alongside warden Rod Whiteman, cleared an area of rhododendron affected by the disease phytopthora ramorum. The plants had to be burned on site to prevent spread of the disease, but that’s ok – we like a fire!

This is a challenging, steeply sloping site but a good days work was completed despite the conditions. Work will continue at this site in the autumn.

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Dudmaston Estate, Sunday 6th February

One of our longest serving members (John Wells, pictured) celebrated achieving 3000 volunteer hours with the group. While John was aware that he may well reach this total sometime this year, he had no idea that this was the big day! He was surprised (pleasantly I hope!) by the presentation of a gift and cake…needless to say the group stepped in to help eat the cake.

The weather stayed dry for the day, allowing the group to assist NT warden Mike Annis to clear brash and plant trees to improve an area of woodland.

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