This morning finally saw us return to the forest for a work task at the Enchanted Wood – the first task since February. The wind was gusting strongly first thing, so much so the rustling beech trees made it hard to hear my toolbox talk! We litter-picked, pruned, admired the fungi, built up some boggy paths with wood chip and rebuilt a section of wall with a stile.
It was definitely lovely to see some familiar faces after so long.
What has changed since the last time we met is that, for the foreseeable future, we will only have 6 people on our work tasks, tools are allocated for the duration of the task, not shared, and of course some tasks will not be possible if we are to maintain social distance – all of which make for interesting logistics for ranger and task leader.
It was something of a trial run this morning, but lovely to be back.
We’re not in a position to accept new volunteers just yet. I’d like to give all our existing volunteers a chance to return first but this is the first step towards opening up tasks again.
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October 25, 2020 at 3:09 pm
Do you still have the wind chimes in EW?
Can you still see the various butterflies and the woodpecker on the trees?
They would require cleaning regularly so that would be difficult without ladders
October 25, 2020 at 3:16 pm
Hi Jane. Yes the windchimes were ringing out today. We’re not covered to use the ladders but don’t worry, there is a maintenance plan in place!