Well, summer arrived this month so it was on with the factor 50 and away we went as we had as usual an ample number of tasks listed to get our teeth into. As we got stuck in there was blood (from Laura's finger!), sweat (from all the hard working volunteers) but only tears of happiness from the productivity of the team this month
The big site construction project was the installation of a board walk which connected two existing ones alongside Brooke's Heath to create a continuous boardwalk over what are very muddy sections in the winter.
There was a separate team which were trench digging alongside Wellingtonia Avenue, this was needed because particularly in the winter there is standing water around some of the marvellous Wellingtonia trees and this puts them under stress.
For these activities the installation team were humming 'Under the Boardwalk' and the trench team 'Working on the Chain Gang', helping keep the spirits up in the summer heat ! (The Drifters and Sam Cooke if you are wondering.....)
In addition to this we squeezed in another session of Rhody bashing and as we go now we are collecting the brash and stacking in areas where we will burn in the winter. There was also still a very large Birch tree blocking a path on the Finchampstead Ridges side of the site left over from the storms earlier this year and this was removed to reinstate the original pathway.
We, of course carried out the regular litter picks at Ambarrow, Simons Wood and The Ridges.
Finally, two volunteers manned a NT stand at the Finchampstead Fete on Saturday. Although on a smaller scale than Crowthorne the previous week the upshot was we sold 27 raffle tickets, had 3/4 volunteer enquiries and forwarded 5 membership 'hot leads' to the Runnymede team to action.
All in all another productive month with a lot of positive feedback from members of the public on site and at the Fete.
By David Kimber, volunteer