Since we published our last Blog in May we have been busy roaming the hinterlands of Norwich tackling a variety of summer jobs keeping the footpaths clear and repairing and maintaining structures. So, here is a summary of what we have been doing.
On 16th May at Bowthorpe Three Score we cut our way through the thicket of nettles to open up the path through the ancient hedgerow. The nettles were so dense that we had to first clear them with a brush cutter before running the mower through a few times. We also repaired the path around the balancing pond where this had been damaged replacing some of the plastic reinforcing trays and topping up the gravel. A warm and sunny day.
On 23rd May we were back at Swardeston Common cutting the footpaths around the site and painting the benches. A lunchtime finish so we had time to stroll around the site to watch the newts in the pond and also see how well the orchids are doing this year.
Late May and early June we spent four days at Earlham Millennium Green and Marsh replacing a fishing/dipping platform and doing some fencing work. See our separate Blog for that long and tricky project.
On June 7th our team were at Hales Green, just beyond Loddon, replacing a stile with a kissing gate on behalf of South Norfolk District Council. I wonder how many we have built so far this year?
On June 14th we were off to Whitlingham Marsh giving the paths another cut. And then on June 20th we went to Marriotts Way in Thorpe Marriott to cut the edges of the cycle/footpath and clear the silted up drainage pipes feeding Suter Pond. Marriotts Way is great for walking and cycling but slow work when following the mower!
Our next stop on June 21st was Coopers Wood in Lakenham where we replaced damage boards on the boardwalk and cut the paths and overhanging branches. Then it was off to Marston Marsh on the fringes of Norwich on 27th June to cut the paths and remove some damaged netting on the bank alongside a dyke. The cows were very frisky and inquisitive that day surrounding the truck and getting in our way. We shooed them away, but they kept coming back. Robert made friends with a Belted Galloway, but we wouldn’t let him take it home! (Wouldn’t fit in a Fiesta anyway!)
On 24th and 25th June we were at Marriott’s Way at the old Hellesdon railway station with students from Framlingham High School installing a bench, making bird boxes and clearing footpaths. The students enjoyed their days out and mostly got involved with the tasks. Several of our volunteers helped out showing the students what to do and assisting them in their activities.
On June 28th it was a visit to Harrisons Wood in Sprowston to cut the paths and tidy up the site. This was followed by a trip to Smockmill Common near Newton Flotman on July 4th to cut the paths along the river and through the wet woodland area of the site.
So, we do get around a bit during our workdays. But these are just a few of the sites that we manage and throughout the summer we will continue to visit as many as we can to keep the footpaths clear and do any necessary repairs and installations.