February

Tree planting

Tree planting

18th Today would be my only chance to volunteer this month, due to our few days away, a hospital appointment and being laid low with shingles. I was hoping to find a job that was not too strenuous. The last of the fruit trees that FoAM and Mersey Forest had bought needed planting. Steph wanted to add them to the Tree O’Clock patch, which will create an area of woodland near to the New Manchester Road entrance to Neumann’s Flash. Jim M, Maria, Ian, Jim and I piled into our car. Elna was Steph’s passenger. Steph kindly found me alternative jobs whilst the others dug holes in Neumann’s soil (earth, ground or maybe rubble) and planted wild cherry, crab apple, spindle and damson.

 

 

I replaced the notices giving advice on dealing with dog foul and did a litter pick. I left the dumped bags of dog foul strewn on the ground and in the bushes, thinking that Steph would not want them in her van on her return journey. I collected idly dropped sweet wrappers and cigarette packets (and stubs) and the empty cans and bottles tossed over the fences by revellers sheltering in the bird hide. This meant that I had to climb a couple of fences, but no-one saw my clumsy efforts. No doubt the dumpers, droppers and tossers will return to do it all again or maybe the dog owners will heed the advice on the notices and others will take away their cans and bottles, which are much lighter when they’re empty.

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