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A Black Thorn day

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As many will know Black Thorn is a sod to cut back, you can have the thickest gloves on and still go home with hands like Medieval nightmare. On Wednesday the ConVols really got stuck into thinning the BT on the edge of the new foraging plantation in the Meadow, what a difference it makes . It will of cause in time grow back but the light that came through onto the woodland floor was beautiful to see. We recently purchased some fruit tree whips ( UK Native ) and i had the pleasure of seeing these 40cm sticks go in. Apart from just been in a green space for me the most important feature of conservation work is knowing that in days long into the future people will be visiting and benefiting from what we have done, in this case the planting of native fruit trees. In 10-20 years time long after i have given up the joys of getting cold & wet ,people will be able to come along and enjoy Damson, crab Apple, Spindle,Whitebeam,Dog Rose,greengage,Medlar,Cherry & more, hopefully someone in 30 years time will be enjoying a glass of Greengage wine and not have clue as to how the fruit got there in the first place. We have also started on the Pit kiln so those ceramicists that are still interested in using it had better start making pots. Still some more whips to go in so Saturday’s job along with erecting a sign and tidying will be to plant the rest up.


Author: scarboroughwoodlandpeople

We are two different groups of volunteers ,the SCV work all over the Scarborough aria doing a variety of tasks in conjunction with SBC we also are the lease holders on around 15 acres of meadow ,we only have 99 years to sort it out . The SWAG group are at the moment concentrating on Raincliffe Woods & forge Valley ,they meet on the first Sunday of the month to carry out tasks and have events in the woodland . and hope to see you there Ron Baxter Chair

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