No branch was too big for Amy!
|Clearing a path through this thick mud was one of the toughest challenges.|
|Volunteer John captured the density of the vegetation before we got stuck in.|
The bushes in this woodland patch had been left unchecked for many years and some had reached heights of well over 10ft! Yet despite the enormity of the task ahead, a mighty team of 21 volunteers grappled admirably with the vegetation. Helping hands came from all sorts of backgrounds: KU staff and students from disciplines ranging from law to biomedical science, Environment Trust volunteers and girls from Marymount School. The local press even showed up to see what the story was!
Blessed with blue skies and sunshine, plus tasty break time treats, the ever-smiling team revealed the woodland floor for the first time in what must be decades! Not only that, but a vintage washing machine too!!
|The blue and white detergent powder still visible on the middle spindle just illustrates how household detergents frequently don't degrade when they reach our ecosystems.|
|Another discovery on the day was a honey bee wandering in the leaf litter - an escapee from our Kingston Hill beehives perhaps?!|
|Hefting heavy rhodo branches is better than a workout in the gym!|
The transformation is marvellous, but there is still more work to be done to completely clear this area of rhododendron. Why not join in the fun at our final bash to banish the rhodo from this woodland patch on Saturday 23 February?