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CROW (Conserve Reading on Wednesdays)
Wednesday, 16th July 2014
Paices Wood Country Park, Aldermaston ~ Scrub clearance

Volunteers walking through scrub

On a hot summer's day volunteers from CROW descended on Paices Wood to clear some of the birch and willow scrub which was growing around the ponds and excluding light.

Birch scrub

Volunteers make their way to work site

Fantastic sky!

Volunteers

It was a grim moment and the rest of the team looked on while Terry and Alan worked out whose turn it was to insult the other. Sorry, no idea why everyone is looking so serious, it is too early in the task to be the moment when we found we had forgotten the milk, well there's always the longlife - uck!

More scrub

More scrub

Terry & Co. get down to clearing scrub.

More scrub

More scrub

The cut material was dragged to the fire site for burning at some future date.

More scrub

More scrub

More scrub

Reeds

With much of the scrub now cleared the reeds growing in the pond are now clearly visible.

Fallen branch

Peter tackles a partly broken willow branch which had fallen on to the bank of the pond. If allowed to remain it would have taken root creating an even greater thicket at the pond's edge.

Area cleared of scrub

Area cleared of scrub

Lunch. Despite the heat the morning had passed quickly.

Area cleared of scrub

Area cleared of scrub

One of the cleared areas, before .....

Panoramic view of site

..... and after

Area cleared of scrub

A final look at the main pond with much of the encroaching scrub now removed.

Thanks to all who joined us for the day, Barry, Chris, both John's, Judith, Mary, Mike, Peter, Terry and Alan.

Created: Saturday, 19th July 2014
Photographs: Mary Wallman