Wednesday, 15 February 2012

More photos from the Working Holiday

Last weeks volunteers on the Working Holiday   

I have finally managed to get some pictures uploaded of the working holiday group from last week and some more of the work that they carried out for us at Scotney. Despite the snow and the cold winds the group managed to get through all of the jobs that we lined up for them so we managed to get a few extra bits and pieces completed which was a great bonus.
The volunteers getting stuck in and pruning overgrown Cherry Laurel

Having cleared the Rhododendron along the Top Walk the volunteers started clearing overgrown Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) and Portuguese Laurel (Prunus lusitanica) which had taken over and was nutrients, water, and light from a large clump of Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestis) and other trees such as several Wild Service Trees (Sorbus torminalis.)

The same area after pruning  

Once the overgrown vegetation had been cleared it was then dragged by hand to the bonfire close by and burnt, ideally we would have chipped the material and reused it to mulch the beds or provided a surface for a path on the estate, but as it was so cold the fire provided a bit of warmth to the group whilst they were working.

Loading the fire and keeping warm.

A huge thank you to all the group for all their hard work last week, without you guys we wouldn't have achieved half as much wanted to this winter so from all the gardening team at Scotney - THANK YOU!

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