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Walcot Wood, Sunday 10th April

With sun shining the group spent the day at Walcot Wood. You may remember that we had an earlier working weekend at this site in March of this year. It was lovely to return to this beautiful part of south Shropshire, with spring in full swing. Trees were bursting with fresh greenery and blossom. The floor of the woodland was covered in wild primrose and violets. We’ve helped the regular Walcot volunteers over a number of years to cut back the tree canopy to allow these wild flowers to return. In time, it is hoped that grassland will cover the slopes – the National Trust flock of Hebridean sheep are drafted in to keep the regrowth under control.

So, back to today. We continued the work from our last visit, preparing the area for school children to visit later in the year. Two fires were lit to burn brash – I know we are a bit weird having fires on the hottest day of the year so far! It was a sure sign that summer had arrived as Laura had her shorter trousers on, Matt was sporting a sun hat, sunglasses were much in evidence and a couple of bottles of sunscreen made their appearance.

Needless to say, the challenge of working in the heat had to be balanced by frequent breaks for cold drinks…and maybe a slice or two of cake to boost energy levels!

It was so beautiful working here today. Clear blue skies, warm sun, good company, cake – perfect day!

The site where we worked last visit - looks good doesn't it?

Woodland floor covered in wild primrose

A fire on a hot day - crazy!

Looking towards the work site - two paths open and clear of overgrowth

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