Since becoming part of Econet, the volunteers from Newbury and Thatcham Green Gym have alternated between Burghclere Common and Thatcham Discovery Centre as they acclimatise themselves to the rigours of organising and running their own tasks. Today however they took another step on the road to becoming a fully independent group when they visited a site to which they had not been before.
Little Copse is as the name suggests a small area of mature woodland bordering open countryside on the outskirts of Thatcham at Southend. It is well used by local residents for recreation.
The task was to erect a sign at the site's entrance and to clear paths of the bramble, holly and other vegetation which had grown up over the summer. Despite lacking a spirit level, they appear to have made a good job of installing the sign, let us hope it did not suffer the same fate as a similar sign erected by CROW at Withy Copse, Tilehurst which had been uprooted within an hour of the group leaving the site.
Volunteers for the day (above): Denise, Toby, Alan, Barry and Judith with Toby's nephew, Joab, taking the photograph. Below Joab and Denise switch roles.