Sunday, 25 November 2018

Rhodybashing at Hayfield on Sunday 25th November 2018

Laura and I met Sue Daber and Issy in the carpark at Hayfield.  We were then met by the two rangers who then escorted us to Park House estate from where we took all the tools up the hill to the work site.

The first job, which Issy and one of the rangers set about, was to winch out the tree branches that were hanging, whilst we went on to the site behind Park House to remove the rhododendrons.  Unfortunately the winch had broken the shear pin so after walking to see if the spraying of the rhodies at a previous site by contractors had been successful (mixed success), Issy joined us to destroy some more of the rhodies.

The weather was kind to us and we spent most of the day destroying rhodies.  We couldn't burn them as the rangers needed to sheet over the ground to stop the peat burning and they had not had time to set the burning area up, so we just piled the cuttings up for future volunteers.

By the end of the day we had reached a precipice above Park House which required ropes to cut down the rhododendrons above the house and we reached the area which we had cut down previously.  We then collected the tools and made our way down the hill to our cars and made our way home.


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