Not content with last weekend, those eager beavers with the billhooks made it back to Attingham again on Saturday – one more time than published in the programme – but for good reason as Dave reports:

Another hedgelaying day without rain!

FANFARE…..!!!!! With a good turnout we have finally finished that hedge, after four years. It is now laid with the heathering (binding) along the top.

There is still one more hedgelaying Saturday to go at Attingham, on 1st February. We will be starting a new ‘maiden’ hedge. That is, one that has never been laid before.

And then…for anyone getting withdrawal symptoms…..there’s more to do at the orchard at Morville (along with tree pruning) later in February

Happy New……..

Hello existing & potential new volunteers…

HAPPY NEW DECADE!

There’s a new SSNTV programme of work just been published at

https://ssntv.co.uk/current-events/

its SSNTV’s 40th anniversary year as well as the Trust’s 125th, so what better way to burn off that turkey & all those mince pies!

Not back at work yet, then why not head to Morville Hall, near Bridgnorth this Sunday, 5th to start off this New Year’s resolution with a bit of light work!

With the Christmas break over for some eager beavers, the Group made it back to Shugborough on Sunday where your reporter found them clearing and burning huge loads of cuttings that had been piled up as part of the Shugborough gardens team’s task to restore around the tennis court in the formal garden.

A big job which took everyone all day!

Thanks to Mags for a festive cake o’clock that went down very well.

A good day in the sunshine!

A few determined souls who’d had enough of turkey ventured back to “our” hedge, as the man with the billhook collection, Dave reports:

A good day’s hedgelaying Saturday i.e. no rain! Having spent the last workday clearing the hedge, we actually started laying the new this time.

……(Ed) I’m told Dave was also filmed for a YouTube channel, talking about the group and its hedgelaying activities, but no more details as we go to print..

Let’s hope it doesn’t go to his head and he starts charging for autographs!

…Still one more last workday (Sun 29th) in this decade, before it all begins anew!

It was back to gardening in the run up to Christmas, as the Group made the first of hopefully many visits to the new tenants at the Hall, in order to help Melanie and the family catch-up on some pruning tasks …

….. and were royally entertained with festive treats – thanks for those!

And as the sun shone for most of the time…..

the SSNTV’ers went home looking the same colour as when they arrived – not like in recent previous weeks!

Workday leader Dave reports:

It was a day of two halves, glued together by mud …lot’s of mud it looks like (Ed!)

We were continuing a clearance project in the Stretton Westwood quarry, part of Wenlock Edge which last year resulted in the re-appearance of hundreds of orchids. Much cutting and burning took place removing elder, willow and diseased ash trees. With more light reaching the ground any dormant wild flower seeds will germinate. It will be interesting to go back in the Spring and so see what appears.

Rather than the usual cake o clock we had a cake decorating workshop instead! Or it may just have been cupcakes, gingerbread men, a bit of icing and some sprinkles.

Oh yes… and the day of two halves? It was lovely and sunny in the morning but began to rain at lunch time and then continued all afternoon! What fun we all had!!

Our recent Christmas weekend was destined, so far as we know, to be the last in the current Mose bunkhouse at Dudmaston. There’s some redevelopment planned, as part of which overnight accommodation will move to a new building.  Hopefully there’ll be good things to report when we return – but as that won’t be for a few months, there should be a chance for others to iron out any new property teething troubles!

As the workday weekend came to an end Head Ranger Mike expressed himself please with the work of the group over the three days.  Handing over a Christmas card, he wanted to also record his thanks to all for their efforts earlier in the year, in planting and tending for the thousands of new samplings planted on the edge of the Comer plantation – as you can read, a significant conservation achievement.