Wednesday, July 10th 2019
A second team from Help for Heroes has visited the reserve as part of the Sports Recovery Programme at Phoenix House. The group worked hard to improve the surface of a section of the red route which is the easy access and wheelchair friendly trail. It was a strenuous task, removing the old material, bringing in new stone and compacting it down. The hot sun made it even tougher. The group showed great stamina and teamwork and completed the task in the time allowed. They also gave a bridge a new coat of wood preserver and helped to sieve chaff for the bird feeders.
Since then, regular volunteers have been busy repairing the edges to the same path which had rotted over time.
After a few finishing touches, this section is now complete.
Elsewhere, footpaths were strimmed and then the debris was cleared with the leaf blower.
Improvement works were also carried out on the outdoor classroom.
All of these summer maintenance jobs are crucial for the running of the reserve and without this huge volunteer effort it would not be possible.
Pupils from Hipswell C of E Primary School have visited again this week. The Year 4s also showed great stamina and resilience (and did their bit for the planet) by walking to the reserve from their school (3.7km) instead of travelling by coach. Whilst at Foxglove they did some pond dipping and went on a minibeast safari before their long walk back. All of the pupils from Hipswell have visited now over six different days and they have all been a pleasure to work with.
1st Richmond Rainbows and 1st Brompton Beavers both came on evening visits this week to learn about the wildlife and habitats too. Nearly 2,000 organised groups have been to the reserve to date with many more planned in the diary.
Finally, whilst having a health check from his owner from the North Yorkshire Exmoor Pony Trust, Lark discovered that he had a 'tickly spot'!
Thank you to everyone for all of your support!
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