Cathy Holden writes:
You weave the willow branch in and the willow branch out……..
No, it was not a green version of the ‘Hokey Kokey’ it was the instructions given to the team at Sunday’s conservation work party. This month the regular team’s ranks were swelled by the girls and leaders of the 4th Cove Guides.
The task was to repair some breaches along the bank of the Gelvert Stream using woven willow supports. The whole team threw themselves enthusiastically into the task.
First, make holes in the stream bed ready for the poles. Then bang in the poles.
Weave the willow branches in and out of the poles.
Tons of sand was required to fill the breaches behind the woven willow supports. The shovelling team really put their backs into the job.
It takes a large number of willow branches to weave into those gaps.
Nearly done! Just checking those branches.
A pretty good job—should protect the banks for quite a while.
Might as well clear the stream of large logs while we’re at it!
If you enjoy fresh air, rolling your sleeves up and working outside, why not come along and join us? We are a friendly bunch and meet on the second Sunday of the month; further details are available, for example, here.
Editor: Apologies, I’m a little late in posting this one!