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Hedge-laying Work Parties Winter 2015 / 16

 

December 05 & 06
January 09 & 10
February 06 & 07

This winter's hedge-laying programme was based at Llanymynech, between Bridges 91 and 92.

The December WP was preceded by a visit to site by CRT's 'Friday Gang'; for the 50 metres or so from the last house to a culvert they removed the barbed wire fence between the hedge and the field and erected a new one several metres back into the field. This gave us somewhere to put the brash and by the end of the weekend it looked as if about 80% of the hedge was in the field! Four members of our group were also qualified to operate hedge trimmers under CRT's CAATS scheme. The Friday Gang came back the following week and burned all the brash.

January was preceded by another visit by the Friday Gang who extended the temporary barbed wire fence by about 25 m. We laid all the length that we had cleared in December which created nearly as much brash as before. Following the very wet weather the field was now awash, rather than just very muddy, so bonfires would have to wait. We also made a start on clearing the next length, there were thick brambles at the back of this so having a hedge trimmer proved very useful.

In February we finished clearing and laid a further stretch of hedge. We a also gave a severe trim to a length of the hedge directly under electricity wires. This was designed to improve the views and give more room on the towpath. The Friday gang came back twice more to move and burn all the accumulated brash.

Because of uncertainties surrounding the restoration project, this winter's hedge-laying was arranged at relatively short notice. Our thanks go to Howard and Roger at CRT who gave us as much help as ever, but had to do so in less time. Thanks also to Roger's Friday gang for all their cooperation.

 

December
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Looking north before work started
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Clearing underway from both sides
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Cleared hedge ready for laying
January
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Laying underway
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Clearing brambles
February
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Laid hedge
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