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Sunday, 20 February 2011

Will Work For Wood




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...

17 comments:

LindyLouMac said...

A great scheme to be involved in Rachel.

christine said...

does it remind you of the Watch group you were a member of when you were younger? rhodie bashing springs to mind, but we never had the reward of free wood, did we? xx

Linsey said...

Brilliant! Good for you!

Jeanne said...

And exercise!

Ginny said...

What a great thing to do! I don't think we have anything like your National Trust here. I watched a series on T.V. about all the castles there that are being cared for by the Trust. So do you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove? Wood is everywhere here! Piled up in the yards with sale signs, cut trees all over the place.

Emma said...

That's a fab scheme to be involved in and a great way to spend a Saturday x

liliannattel said...

What a great idea!

becky said...

Good for you guys!

Rachel said...

It strikes me that a long hot bath was probably needed, with something aromatic in it ...

It sounds like fun, though, even if it aches!

Scientific Housewife said...

Sounds like an awesome thing to do!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This sounds like fun! It is great to help and get wood!

Toni said...

Rach - I'm back after a 7 month hiatus and thought you should be one of the first blogs I came back to =) Hope you don't mind me stopping by? lol.
Great to see that you're helping out but think you've already discovered that helping the environment is bad for you - just ask your muscles lol Tx

Deirdre said...

That's awesome!!

Hey, thanks for the comment on one of my most recent posts... I'm sorry that I missed it before now.

I hope you've been doing well. I've been too busy to keep up much with my online pals but I'm glad I got a little reminder today to say hello to you. :)

The Blonde Duck said...

How cool!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

A great idea. I do admire your energy and commitment.

Kazzy said...

Sounds intense, but really cool!

A Cuban In London said...

Whoever said that the Big Society wouldn't work? Except that it was already working years before Cameron even began to crawl. :-)

That was a great post. I know about the NT's activities through one of the groups my children attend regularly. Superb combination of brawn and activism.

Greetings from London.

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