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Snakemoor Work Party

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A well-earned coffee break
High reach loppers in action
New Bird Boxes
Careful spot of tree pruning
Shifting wood chippings

A group of a dozen volunteers made themselves available on Saturday 23rd October to help maintain Snakemoor nature reserve.

Volunteer Manager Julian Watson summarised the achievements as follows:

  • 15 replacement bird boxes were installed across the reserve. These will be monitored from early spring to track which species take up residence;
  • Approximately 2 tonnes of wood chippings have been spread to reinforce the perimeter footpath. This will make a great improvement for visitors over the winter months;
  • Hedge saplings have been planted at the edge of the access driveway, filling in some of the gaps along the western boundary;
  • Safety pruning has been carried out throughout Snakemoor;
  • The stream has been largely cleared of debris;
  • Further pruning and seasonal maintenance of the orchard area has been done;
  • Several new saplings have been added to the eastern wooded area.

For those keen to assist at a future opportunity, Julian anticipates that the next next Working Group will be in early February 2022.

In the meantime, any volunteers wishing to carry out further ad hoc work can extend the path reinforcement work with woodchippings (located in obvious piles awaiting use), especially in areas that tend to become waterlogged.

Our grateful thanks to everyone who gives up free time and energy in helping to maintain this delightful public space.

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