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CROW (Conserve Reading on Wednesdays)
Wednesday, 25th October 2017
Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Lambourn ~ Hedgelaying

Blue skies, bright sunshine and some impressive cloud formations greeted us on our second visit to Sheepdrove this year in sharp contrast to the rain at the start of our July task.

Viccy our contact for the Sheepdrove, helped ferry volunteers from the farm to the work site and returned later bringing soup and rolls kindly provided by the farm for our lunch.

The hedge to be laid had been planted along a woodland edge and consisted almost exclusively of hawthorn that had been allowed to grow, now forming a line of small trees with limited wildlife value. The plan was to rejuvenate the hedge by laying as a 'wildlife hedge' without stacks or binders.

A well earned rest

By the end of the day about 25m of hedge had been laid and a considerable amount more trimmed and thinned in readiness for laying.

Created: Friday, 27th October 2017
Photographs: Alan Stevens