June 2018 - session cancelled due to heatwave (30
|13/14th June 2018: There
were only three volunteers this week due to a clash with
another village group. We worked mainly on the
Shropshire Way, but did not manage to complete the
strimming of the path behind Chapel Road due to a
technical hitch. The vegetation had grown to
almost head high in places and was getting very hard to
easily pass through it. The Playgroup use this
route and they called it a "Jungle Walk". The
plants would have been well above the "smalls" heads!
Went back the next day and finished off the strimming all the way through to the field.
|29th May 2018: Four hardy souls
cleared the footpath from Ladymas Road through the back
of Providence Grange to the field beyond at ground level
and at head level.
May 2018: Five volunteers continued
attacking the bamboo and cleared the path to the Ease
and we also strimmed a path through to the open
space. We need a bonfire to clear the pile of
We have begun the process of putting a bid in to the Parish Council for money to continue with the path that we started last year. Hopefully that will come through soon and we can re-start the project
1st May 2018: Six volunteers made a start to the new season with pairs working in Church Field, on Hadnall Bank and behind Chapel Road. So far the growth is not significant, but starting now means we have it under control. The bamboo by the Ease was attacked and will need further hard graft to reduce its spreading growth. The holly in the Ease needs cutting back as it over-growing the fence, but may have to be left until after the nesting season.
achieved a bit more path construction and have now
reached about 13m along the way Underlay has been
kindly supplied by the Bowling Club, but we have now run
out of wood for the edging. There is only a small
amount of stone left so not much more progress can be
made until more funds become available .
In addition a path was cut from the entrance of the The Ease onto the field so that walkers can can get onto the cut area from the layby. This will be of particular help to dog walkers who can't go through the Ease. It takes a lot of time to keep the Shropshire Way clear for walkers, but other paths in the parish can also be cleared if a need arises.
|Tuesday 4th July: 7 hardy workers
this time, engaged in laying a bit more path. We
have laid about 10 yards now and have run out of wood
and fabric underlay. There is still a bit more
stone to lay. The path was also stimmed clear to
the far field so that you can walk along and not get wet
legs if it has been raining. It will probably need
to be done again when we meet in two weeks, though!
We had a real treat afterwards when Anna turned up with ice-creams for us. They were very much appreciated, thanks!
|Wednesday 21st June: We tried an
experiment of having a working party on a Wednesday
rather than the usual Tuesday, however it still didn't
suit everyone, so a compromise is now planned,
alternating Tuesday sessions with one on a Wednesday
will give more folk an opportunity to contribute.
The website will be the best place to keep a track of
when sessions will take place.
The most recent session saw a few hardy folk (- it was warm and muggy!) do some thistle and nettle clearing whilst others worked on laying a short section of path along the Shropshire Way. Some materials for the path became available, so it was decided to start the construction to show what can be achieved. It is hoped to eventually extend the path to about about 120m, so that walking in the winter is possible and safer! However more materials and digger are needed to get that done!
Five group members spent the day with fellow P3 and Healthy Walking Groups at the Annual Shropshire Celebration Day. Some went on a fungi Foray and learned about various aspects of wild fungi, one went for a walk over and around the Cliffe and one went for a guided walk around part of the Nesscliffe Training Camp, looking at the old Shropshire and Montgomery Railway and some of the old WW2 ammunition bunkers on the site. The day proved to be rather damp, but lunch was provided in Nesscliffe Village Hall and we were updated with aspects of Shropshire Outdoor provision and an amusing talk about Shropshire Folklore.
The gang hard at work at the first working party and then enjoying a very
welcome drinks break provided by a kind local resident.
The first working Party worked at the back of the Chapel Road estate, clearing
the path and cutting back the overhanging branches
At a subsequent working party, the path across Church Field was strimmed to
give a nettle/thistle free path.