This was a splendid morning’s work preparing the reserve for planting 149 Gandhi anniversary trees in March. The first group cleared thick brambles along the river Colne to make way for trees. We never forget that brambles give wonderful safe nesting for small birds but these bramble patches had grown to well over 20 feet deep so we only cut about 6 or 7 feet away.

The second group tidied and strimmed the bramble area we had cleared at our last work party whilst a third group cleared up some of the brambles and willow encroaching on our 4th meadow. This was really hard work, cheerfully done.

Our thanks to Russell Ball, Nigel Daley, Phil and Julia Davies, Nilesh and Varsha Dodhia, Phillip Gibbs, Tony and Sheila Lee, Ray Kristofiak, Rob and Alex Liddell, Alison Marriott, Andy Schofield, Paul War, Ian Watson and Jack Westbrook.

Ian Watson