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Wednesday, 7th November 2012
Hosehill Lake, Theale ~ Coppicing and scrub clearance

Path on arrival

The path in question, which is used by a local health walking group amongst others, had become narrow and muddy in places.

Coppicing the overgrowing ash and blackthorn

The overgrowing ash and blackthorn were cut back, any suitable material was retained for future use possibly for stakes and binders.

Overgrown path

Further on the path became more overgrown and muddy.

Muddy path

Muddy path


Dave sizes up the problem.

Cleared path

Cutting back the overgrowing will give a wider area in which to walk and hopefully help let the muddy section dry out.

Muddy path

Cleared path

Lunch break

After a hard morning work the team enjoy a well deserved lunch break. We then split up most going to the butterfly bank to clear scrub while a few remained to finish work on the path. Team for the day: Phil, Dave, Judith O, Barry, Alan, someone whose name escapes me well hidden behind Alan, Mike, Terry, Jackie, Judith Q and Peter plus John.