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Maintaining Snakemoor

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Snakemoor Work Party 01
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Snakemoor Work Party 03

Snakemoor nature reserve is an asset that judges for the Best Kept Village competition specifically complimented recently, when they awarded Haddenham the top prize for Buckinghamshire villages with over 3,000 inhabitants.

A loyal and enthusiastic group of volunteers turned out on Saturday morning, 1st August, to help keep Snakemoor in good order.

The volunteers on this occasion were Ros Hawarth, Steven Sharpe, Alison Watt, Jim Joiner, Tony & Ann Warris, John Wilson, Andy Hardy, Martin Bygate, Chris Young, Rob McLoughlin & Sarah Heydon with Eddie & Maggie, plus Chris and Robyn Thorogood.

Work included much nettle pulling from the pond banks, around the fruit trees and in the ditch by the Weir. Ross tied lose Willow ends of the Willow path to make them grow higher. Overhanging Elder and Willow branches were removed. The elm trees were cleared around as were the seats. A leaning Hornbeam tree near the entrance was rope tied to hold it up. With this amount of tidying and Jim having cut the paths last week the reserve is looking good.

The main photograph (click to enlarge) shows most of the group taking a well-earned coffee break, with additional energy supplies coming in the form of some delicious cakes kindly provided by Chris Thoroughgood.

If you'd like to join in the next work party, you'll be made very welcome. Please contact the volunteer manager of Snakemoor, Robyn Thorogood. Email: robyn_thorogood@uk2.net

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