It was an unexpectedly mild and bright Sunday morning in late January when our small but very effective group of volunteers gathered at the Fishponds to undertake some maintenance work.
Over three hours, the group tidied up the two memorial spinneys, clearing nettles from around the trunks of the young saplings to give them space to thrive. There was also some heavy pruning of the large and sprawling area of dogwood. At the clever suggestion of one of the group, we created a couple of ‘corrals’ for the arisings, enabling the twigs to be contained as well as forming habitat piles for wildlife.
A fallen tree near the car park was trimmed so that the branches no longer overhang the footpath and the blackthorn clump was tidied up to enable better access. Finally, a litter pick was carried out across the site.
All in all, it was a very satisfying few hours' work. The Parish Council would like to send a huge thank you to everyone who made the time and put in the effort to come and help out. Your support makes a huge difference to keeping the Fishponds safe, pleasant and supportive for local wildlife.
The next session is scheduled for Sunday 3 March, meeting just before 11am for around two hours of activity. If you'd like to join us, please send your contact details to email@example.com.