Saturday, 26 November 2011

Scammonden - a day of three teams

Very nice photo of Julia and Neil, courtesy of Geoff

Today we were at Scammonden again. We ended up working as three teams. There was the Senior section, comprising myself, Brian, Peter, Trevor and Diane - we planted Crab Apple and Hawthorn below the path. Duncan and the Outlane Scouts, who planted Crab Apple above the path. And the Young 'uns, Geoff, Andrew, Stephen, Cath, Ben, Julia and Neil, who planted Ash and Lime on the hillside. In all I think we planted 95 Hawthorn, 30 Crab Apple, 90 Lime and 65 Ash. A grand total of 280, which was pretty good going considering we were missing Philip (self-inflicted ailment), Guy (feeling non-specifically wan) and Dave, who worked at the Nursery.

The Senior section at work, Duncan and Outlane Scouts further up the hill.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Helping Honley High School

Today I went to Magdale Fields, Honley, to act as "technical assistance" for a group of Honley High School students and their teachers, who had received a pack of trees from the Woodland Trust. We planted 20 trees on the edge of an open grassy area, under the supervision of a representative of the Honley Village Community Trust.

Friday, 18 November 2011

We were on BBC Look North

Last night we were the subject of a report on Look North. They filmed it a couple of weeks ago, when we went out on a Monday and planted 120 trees at Scammonden. We don't normally plant on weekdays, but this was to suit Look North. Myself and Guy were interviewed, and the report was generally good, though it might have been nice if they had mentioned the CVTS by name.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Scammonden Week 1

Making our way back to the cars afterwards.

First real day of planting at Scammonden reservoir for this season. We were: myself, Philip, Ben, Andrew, Stephen, Dave, Geoff, Cath, Peter, Ramsay, Brian, Trevor, and Peter. We were also joined by Duncan and Outlane Scouts. Guy was planting on another part of the hillside with Longwood Scouts. We planted about 300 trees, Sessile Oak, Rowan, and 60 Birch, which wasn't bad going for a first day on site, with all the associated moving gear around and getting the planting plant straight. Cake was jam sponge.

Tea and cake time.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Scape School and the Woodshed

Ramsay, Brian, unknown, and Trevor (Trevor looks offside to me)

A day of two halves. Philip, Brian, Duncan, Ramsay and Trevor went to Scape School thinning some old planting. This was done at the request of Scapegoat Hill Junior and Infant School, where we had helped them plant a shelter belt of trees about 10 years ago.

Myself, Dave, Andrew and Ben put the roof on the new timber drying shed. Fruit cake was divvied up before setting off, so everyone got some. Oh, and I put another 128 Common Alder in root trainer trays, for planting in 2 years time?

Ben and Andrew, Dave behind shed working.