It was a bright sunny and warm day on Sunday 7th October and we had a good turnout of volunteers, thankfully with no rainwear in sight.
A few of the merry crew spent some time lopping the Alders whilst the rest of the group focussed on the reeds, with Kevin at the helm of the Grizzly. There was a moment when he was enthusiastically cutting the reeds, when he and Grizzly disappeared and all we could see was Kevin’s baseball cap peeking through. However the rescue team arrived and Kevin and Grizzly reappeared unhurt.
(No photographers were present this time, but this is, as they say in the real media, a library image of the said Kevin at the controls in less challenging conditions.)
With that in mind we are pleased to announce that Kevin has now completed his apprenticeship and John has promoted him to a fully-fledged Grizzly operative; congratulations Kevin, well done.
The morning was pleasantly warm but the ground was quite soggy, which John H found out when he started to sink. A few of us had our wellies stuck in the mud but we were warm and dry, unlike the previous outing.
Alas, the two Johns have spotted some more Himalayan Balsam, much to our dismay. But never fear, Margaret put out a rallying call to the balsam bashing team which met on Thursday for the last encounter of this year. Let’s hope we have cracked it!
Here is Chairman John's message of thanks: