Archive for October, 2011

The Weir, Hereford, Saturday 22nd October

It has been a while since we visited The Weir, May 7th to be exact. It is a real pleasure to work at this location, particularly so this weekend as we had such lovely weather.

Our task was to cut back overgrown buddleia and rosemary willow. The idea was that we would uncover the old pig sty. We were wondering if this would be possible as we couldn’t see a pig sty – as you can see from the ‘after’ pic, the pig sty was there and we worked hard to reveal it from the undergrowth.
We enjoyed working with NT gardener Ned. He always has something interesting to show us in the garden. This time it was a fabulous selection of pumpkins and squash of all shapes and sizes and an oddly shaped vegetable – which turned out to be a south american cucumber of the Achocha family, known as the ‘Fat Baby’. Also growing there was a close relative of the Fat Baby – the exploding cucumber, Latin name¬†Cyclanthera Explodens.




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Wenlock Edge, old quarry, Friday 7th to Sunday 9th October

Earlier in the year, a discussion took place with NT Ranger Chris – what would be better than a workday at Wenlock Edge? The answer? Three workdays at Wenlock Edge! And so the group found themselves booked in for a three day working weekend, working at a new part of the site. The location was an old limestone quarry which has long since ceased production. The National Trust recently took over management of the site. It had become overgrown with hawthorn and blackthorn hence badly in need of some volunteer action.

There is a variety of things that make the group happy: – good weather, chunky trees to chop, a bonfire, lots of cake. All of these were available in abundance!

Some of the group stayed overnight at an NT holiday cottage near Dudmaston. Ron tested his culinary skills on Friday evening, providing the group with a delicious spaghetti dish. Sheila helped out by creating an apple crumble, using apples provided by Ron from his own garden. This was washed down with a fine selection of ales, or a glass or two of homemade wine – “Rhubarb Ruin”. On the Saturday evening, the overnighters ventured into Bridgnorth for a meal in a local bistro – I am sure it wasn’t as good as Ron and Sheila’s tasty creations on Friday.

The photos don’t do justice to the extent of work completed over the weekend. We hope to be back working at this site sometime before Christmas so if you want to see it, keep an eye on our programme of workdays and come out and join us.

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Still here…but busy

Hello all

We are really sorry not to have updated the blog recently. Rest assured that we have been busy doing fun things and working hard in the meantime.

There has been a lot going on. We’ve had workdays aplenty. We have a new group Chairman. Lisa and Mags are putting the final touches to the next programme and newsletter. Lots of planning and preparation being done for the annual Bonfire Weekend extravaganza at Dudmaston. Busy, busy, busy.

There is a lot to catch up on news-wise so, over the next few days, there will be new blog posts covering our recent workdays and future plans.

Our NT group recently completed another full year of volunteering with the National Trust. It has been a bumper year with a really impressive number of hours worked by the group. The facts and figures will be in the next newsletter (due out Bonfire Weekend) so we won’t give too much away here until after that date. Just to say a HUGE BIG FAT WELL DONE to all the group members and a HUMUNGOUS thank you to all those committee members, workday leaders, volunteers and supporters of SSNTV who continue to take the group forward. We have an elite group of supporters who deserve a special mention. That is, all of those under 18s who have joined us with parents and family on workdays and at social events during the year – you always add so much to the days and we are glad to have you with the group.

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