Sunday, 20 February 2011
On Saturday, we started a new project. Andy and I have helped out at National Trust properties before, on working holidays, and on Saturday morning we got up bright and early and headed into the NT-owned woods near our house.
There were about ten of us, forming a new group which will get together to help out on local NT land about once a month. There's an area of grassland being slowly invaded by non-native trees, and we're helping to bring it back to its previous state. The warden had felled a few trees, and our job was to burn off a load of branches, and clear the trunks. Bonus? We got to take wood home at the end of the morning.
This is a real win-win situation: the Trust gets free labour, we get healthy fresh air and exercise and firewood, and since wood is a renewable resource we're also helping the environment at the same time. It was a fun morning, too. Now if only I could persuade my muscles to stop aching...