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CROW (Conserve Reading on Wednesdays)
Wednesday, 16th January 2013
Bugs Bottom, Gravel Hill, Emmer Green ~ Hedgelaying (with bonfire)

Bonfire to clear brash (waste material)

We started laying the hedge at Bugs Bottom in the autumn of 2011 and after a break over the summer had resumed in October 2012.

Our previous visit in November was curtailed by heavy rain and strong winds and we had made a rapid departure leaving a considerable amount of waste material to be cleared.

Lunch including baked potatoes cooked on the bonfire

On a cold and frosty day the bonfire was most welcome as were the baked potatoes which it provided for lunch.

Staking and binding the nearly complete hedge

By the end of the task the hedge was almost complete with only a short section of binding outstanding. In 15 months we have laid about 300 metres of hedge at the site, enjoyed a number of bonfires and eaten a considerable quantity of baked potatoes. Many of the people walking in the lane or on the meadow, often with their dogs, have stopped for a chat and most have been appreciative of our efforts. It has been a very enjoyable task.

Because of time constraints we are leaving it to the capable hands of local hedgelayer Clive Leeke, www.traditionalhedgelaying.co.uk, to complete restoration of the original hedge situated next to the lane, by laying and coppicing.