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CROW (Conserve Reading on Wednesdays)
Wednesday, 22nd October 2014
Wolf Conservation Trust, Beenham ~ Hedgelaying

John gives the instructions as we prepare to commence the first of two tasks this winter at the Wolf Trust continuing the work started in 2010.

Much of the initial work was clearing and thinning. This section of hedge consisted almost entirely of blackthorn and bramble.

While most start work on the clearing, the remainder began sharpening stakes to be used to support and position the laid hedge.

Tools occasionally need sharpening as Bob appears to have discovered.

There's always time for a break and a chat.

"Put your right foot in ....."

The laid hedge starts to take shape.

A moment's quiet contemplation?

An awkward corner - a tangle of blackthorn trees on either side of the cattle drinking trough at one end of the hedge.

A large stack of brash, waste material, awaits our next visit when we will have a bonfire - appropriately on the 5th November.

Many thanks to all our volunteers who joined us for the day and to Cathy and Mary for the photo's.

Created: Sunday, 26th October 2014
Photographs: Cathy Holwill, Mary Wallman