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February 26 @ 10:00 - 12:00
Volunteer day is here again this Saturday, 26th February. Hopefully there will be no Dudley, Eunice, Franklin or Gladys to thwart us (Forecast is cloudy but dry).
It is a great opportunity to meet and have a chat with fellow volunteers including trustees. Tea and coffee will be provided (at least for part of the day)
All the activities are well away from the larch felling.
The planned activities include:
A huge amount of Work has already been done so far this winter, despite the weather, to clear invasive rhododendron from around the pond. But there is more clearing to be done
There is also wildlife habitat to be created from the cut logs.
Much of the gardens around the old Polmaise Castle have been cleared of rhododendron .
However there is still much more to clear to find parts of the gardens that have been lost for a century. Volunteers required for discovery.
The Forest Manager, Amos has identified self seeded pine and other trees in Paterson’s Quarry that will, in time, be destroyed if not removed.
Volunteers are needed to dig these up and replant them temporarily in the Walled Garden. They will be transplanted again into the woods in the autumn. Please bring a spade and bucket if you have them.
Squirrel Feed Boxes
10 boxes have been set up in the woods to entice the squirrels away from the felling area. 6 volunteer families and a cub group are looking after 8 feed boxes keeping them filled and cleaned.
The squirrels are certainly using them and will be enticing them away from the felling zone.
There are two boxes that need adopting by volunteers. It would be to fill the box once a week. CCDT will supply the special squirrel food. If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org and put “squirrel” in the title.
Where & What Time
If you could spare a bit of time to help with any of the tasks above, please come along to :
The seating area next to the Mud Kitchen (which is near the walled garden) at 10:00 am.
As the main path from Gillies Hill is closed off due to the felling, you will need to walk up and around the top of the felling area
Please dress in old clothes, and sturdy footwear – it will be a bit muddy in places. Work gloves are recommended. At this time of year a bit of rain is to be expected.
If you are interested in cutting down rhododendron, we have some spare loppers and wood saws, but possibly not enough to go around. If you have your own please bring them along.
You may also wish to bring some sustenance and something to drink. There will be limited tea and coffee facilities.
We look forward to seeing you Saturday if you can make it along. Even if it’s just for a chat.