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Friday, September 4th 2020

Foxglove Volunteers work hard and have a variety of skills.  Some of the jobs they do are technical and require thought and careful execution.  Some jobs require a great deal of hard work, like strimming the wetland.  This is an essential job at this time of year to ensure that the sward, which has grown tall, is cut back.  After a long hard day Peter was still smiling.

Nick, also worked hard, was still smiling!

Not only do the grasses, rushes and sedges have to be cut they also need to be raked and placed in dumper bags to be removed, and today that was a job for Jo.

Another job that is essential and is hard work is the bagging up of the waste seed from the oil seed rape crops, provided by a local farmer.  This food sees many birds, especially the finches, through the winter months.  Once the large sacks have been emptied then all the smaller bags are taken to the seed store.  The job does not end there as all the bags from last year that have not been used yet have to be taken out of the store and the new bags placed in first then the others returned.

There was not only a trailer full but the back of Ian's pick up was also full!

And finally another of our volunteers, Alison, who looks after our bees, has been busy making beeswax candles.  There are only a limited number of these for sale, at £4.50 each, in the Field Centre.

A huge thank you to all our volunteers for the commitment and varied work that they carry out.

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