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A Blackthorn Affair

Wednesday, February 5th 2020


Thinning out Blackthorn close to the entrance gate was the main task for Team Tuesday this week and what a fantastic job they did!

This part of the woodland had become completely overgrown with Blackthorn, so much so that birds were unable to fly through the trees anymore! The group of conservation volunteers set to with hand tools and in no time at all they uncovered beautiful old Willow trees and young Rowans that will now beable to thrive in the additional space. Here is the 'before' photo:

It took all day to clear a small section but work will continue today with students from Risedale Sports and Community College.

The 'after' picture shows the transformation:

Thank you to all of the volunteers and a special mention to Jo for making delicious date and walnut cake (well, some rules have to be broken) and to Emma for thinking of today's blog title!


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