Another flight of Steps

Our first outing for 2020 was to Caistor St Edmund where we began replacing a flight of steps on the northern edge of the site. The original plan was to replace the most worn steps and install edging for the whole flight to prevent further erosion. However, it quickly became apparent that the steps were in such a poor condition that they all needed replacing. Continue reading Another flight of Steps

Another Road Trip for our Volunteers

Following our three day residency at Swardeston Common during August our volunteers hit the road again to take their expertise to a number of sites around Norwich. We had a variety of tasks to undertake to keep on top of our Summer programme of cutting and clearing to maintain paths at our sites. So, as well as working our wonders at the sites we also had to remember which site to visit on which day! Anyway, it was an opportunity to explore Norwich and its surroundings. Continue reading Another Road Trip for our Volunteers

The Great Swardeston Rake Off

It’s that time of year again where we spend a few days at Swardeston Common cutting the meadow area. The meadow is looking great with a wide variety of flowers and lots of butterflies. But if we want it to look great again next year, we have to cut it all back and rake off all the cuttings. Otherwise everything will just die back and form a dense sward which will mainly benefit the nettles and more invasive species, but the variety of wildflowers will gradually diminish. Continue reading The Great Swardeston Rake Off

Building the Steps

We returned to the site of the Roman Town of Venta Icenorum at Caistor St Edmund to build a flight of steps. One of the banks leading up to the walls was eroding through people using it as an alternative footpath and it was decided to install steps at this location. We also removed the old gate, steps and fence that had been closed-off previously. Continue reading Building the Steps