Sunday, 3 October 2010

Against the elements!

Tough fire lighting conditions.

Today we were fortunate to have the company of Wolverhampton National Trust Conservation Volunteers continuing to clear scrub in Lea Quarry. It wasn't the best start to the day weather wise here in Shropshire and it was a relief for me when they arrived, the fact that they didn't look out of the window and go straight back to bed shows just how enthusiastic the group is. It took no time for the Hawthorn, Ash and Hazel to start arriving at the bottom of the hill ready to be thrown on the fire. However due to conditions remaining damp the fire was taking a little more time to get going!

Smoke meets cloud, creates an interesting image.

Spirits remained high whatever the weather threw at us and by lunch time a large area of scrub had been cleared, the fire had got going properly, allowing us to clear the backlog of cut scrub and offering some welcome heat.

The afternoon saw much more work done and the weather improved as well. Waterproofs were shed in favour of t-shirts as we cleared the last of the brash. An incredible amount of work was carried out and we are really grateful, as ever for the efforts of the group.

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