Archive for October, 2020

Sunday 1st Nov.Kinver Edge
Friday 6th Nov.Dudmaston Estate – Bonfire Weekend
Saturday 7th Nov.Dudmaston Estate – Bonfire Weekend
Sunday 8th Nov.Dudmaston Estate – Bonfire Weekend
Sunday 15th Nov.Kinver Edge
Friday 4th Dec.Dudmaston Estate – Christmas Weekend
Saturday 5th Dec.Dudmaston Estate – Christmas Weekend
Sunday 6th Dec.Dudmaston Estate – Christmas Weekend

@ 22.10.20…with current COVID restrictions, always subject to confirmation. More details to follow from programme lead Helen and our workday leaders.

@ 05.11.20 LOCKDOWN UPDATE – following English lockdown decision pending further guidance on whether any November / December workdays are feasible, we unfortunately have to cancel Bonfire weekend events. Keep watching this space for more news!

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There’s a communication to volunteers here (same p/w) as previously

There’s also a document you can read which is a summary of what conclusions this review has reached

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After twenty-eight weeks with no workdays SSNTV final rescued the tools from their enforced hibernation as on Sunday thirteen members ventured out to the southern point of Staffordshire, at Kinver Edge to resume the work they most enjoy – destruction in the woods!

To break the group back in gently, the task for the day was clearing brash and thinning sycamore trees on the Trust land at Gorse Covert, creating wind rows or dead-hedges with the material instead of a burn.

This work aims to increase light into this dense wooded area – ever noticed how big a sycamore leaf is – to encourage natural regeneration of the florae along with increased migration of  wildlife from the adjacent fields.

In keeping with current times, the day started with a return to work induction and COVID reminder from Ranger, Tom. After that a fully social distanced workday followed…..

Lunch was taken with us all sitting around the five litre container of hand sanitiser – radiating out its protective powers, rather than with heat from a more traditional bonfire!

The day was broken up into one hour working sessions enabling the group to survive this first day back, as numerous aches and pains developed as the day went on.

It’s amazing how much brash a group can generate and have to move around if there’s no fire! After a full day however, the sun was beginning to creep through the reducing canopy – so that our efforts were starting to bear fruit!

Fingers crossed – further workdays are arranged for the beginning of November and December at nearby Dudmaston and hopefully more will soon be added to the embryonic program.

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