© Andrew Moon

Our third and last work party at the southern, Springwell Lane end of the lake where we continued the job of clearing the shade and undergrowth on the lake shore and removed some of the piles of brash and branches which had resulted from our work.

It started dry but gradually got wetter but that didn’t prevent more good clearance work to remove shade on the lake edge at the Springwell Lane end of the reserve, including a nice bit of dead hedging. Jack and Ray also piled logs to ensure that people use the gate rather than going round the side at the footpath entrance.

Another jolly good turnout to continue the job we started in October, namely clearing the south-western shore of the lake and allowing vegetation to develop and flower.  This was a good place to talk to passers-by to give them the message about Stocker’s Lake and if possible, to recruit some new members.

On a beautiful, sunny Autumn morning, we enjoyed the second work party of this end of the year. We worked on the western bank of Stocker’s Lake near the wooden bridge between the river and the lake.

We have enjoyed two great recruitment days, either end of the glorious summer.  Both days were extremely well supported by fellow members who gave freely of their time and worked very hard in getting over 80 new members to join our ranks over the two days. The sun shone on both days and Russell, our Recruitment officer organised and briefed the members making sure there was enough tea/ coffee and biscuits to share even amongst our new recruits.

The first work party of the season and a good turnout – 14 in all. Our job was to rake and collect the long grass cut by Rob Hopkins in the fenced area at the end of the causeway that separates Stocker’s and Bury lakes.  For some reason Rob hadn’t cut as large an area as usual, so, for the first time in living memory, we finished the work party by midday.  This was the first work party since we moved our tools from Stocker’s House garage to the fishermen’s shed nearer Springwell Lane.  We still met at Stocker’s House, but the tools had to be loaded into the van during the week before.