Sheer Dedication!

Sunday, January 9th 2022

Snow and ice didn't stop a keen group of volunteers from turning out for the January Winter Worky Day. The weather wasn't quite as bad as the forecast had predicted however, it was very cold and wet.

Work continued on clearing some of the storm damage caused by storm Arwen at the end of last year. First, a few dangerous trees were felled to make the area safe. These were then snedded (stripped of branches) by chainsaw.

Away from the chainsaws, debris caused by the gale force winds was gathered up. If it was left on the forest floor it would become a serious fire hazard in the summer months.

The brash was burned on a controlled bonfire. Although this is not ideal for the environment, it is a much better alternative to a huge uncontrolled forest fire! It also helped to keep everyone warm!

At lunchtime, a delicious curry was served up with style in the workshop by Lord Dorrington himself!

Instead of all sitting together in the cabin as was the case before the pandemic, people spread themselves about in the indoor spaces available. What better place to enjoy a meal than in the rake rack?

By the end of the day, a huge amount of work had been completed and although there remains a lot more to be done, it is now possible to see the timber that needs to be dealt with next.

As always, our sincere thanks to the staff and volunteers who gave up their Saturday to help with this gigantic task, it is very much appreciated. 


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