Well the weather was very changeable on Sunday, but the volunteers still managed a couple of hours digging up the final remnants (we hope!) of bramble and raking the soil.
We managed to use any soil from the path to make a soil bank. This will prove useful when the raised beds are completed.
The path is now covered with weed membrane and looks very neat. Thank you to Phil for supplying the membrane.
Despite appearances, the slow worm (Anguis fragilis) is actually a legless lizard, not a worm or a snake. The slow worm is much smaller than a snake and has smooth, golden-grey skin. Males are paler in colour and sometimes sport blue spots, while females are larger, with dark sides and a dark stripe down the back. They are often found in mature gardens and allotments, where they like hunting around the compost heap. Slow worms are protected in the UK under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). This means it is illegal to deliberately injure, kill or trade in them. Needless to say, we decided to leave the pile of branches alone for the time being.
Finally, it was time to sit down and have a well earned cuppa. Thanks to Cathy for getting a supply of recycled boxes in which to eventually store the tree seeds in. They made good temporary seating!