Today was an auspicious day, because The Common was visited by Norfolk Wildlife Trust's Chief Executive Pamela Abbott, and their Chairman of Trustees, David Thompson. The reason for their visit was to mark the recent transfer of ownership of the five Commons to NWT, and for Pamela and David to meet some of the volunteers who regularly work here. To show them something of what we do 13 volunteers laid on a small demonstration of reed cutting and drag sheet winching. Here are some reeds being loaded onto a sheet:
A reporter from the Eastern Daily Press came along too and took numerous photographs, as well as interviewing Pamela, Southrepps Parish Council Chair Lesley Sparrow, and Southrepps Commons Trust Chairman John Houlgate. We look forward to seeing the results in the paper and online!
After the demonstration, interviews and the inevitable tea break, Pamela kindly said a few words of thanks to SCT for managing the place for the last 13 years, and to the Parish Council for entrusting it to Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
Ownership and responsibility for the continued management of Southrepps Commons may have changed, but most (or perhaps all) of the existing volunteers intend to continue working on them. This blog has chronicled much of our efforts, but since it forms part of the SCT website, which will now be closed down, it too will cease. We do however intend to start up a new Blog very soon, so watch out for news of that!