Twelve of us met today with nine going over to Carol’s Copse, where we attacked the encroaching brambles, cleared around the whips and planted a young hazel in one of the gaps. Two of this Group , initially, took a walk along the Sheaf path to go Balsam bashing, and reported that 449 additional plants were pulled.
The other three went to Little Wood Bank, to begin the build of the replacement bench. A discussion on the merits of lime mortar, as opposed to ordinary cement, resulted in a consensus that, on balance, ordinary gypsum cement would be the best option. A shallow trench was excavated and a good base laid down to build upon using stones found scattered in the area. The base was then re covered to avoid tempting the local ne’re do wells!