22 March 2010

Woollie Weekend

This weekend I was away with the National Trust for a weekend of destruction, all in name of conservation. We were off to one of our favourite spots, Threave in Dumfries and Galloway in SW Scotland. Part of the estate includes Rockcliffe, a beautiful coastal landscape which overlooks the Solway Firth and this was where we were working this weekend. It is home to an array of birdlife, including the entire population of barnacle geese from Svalbard which winter here.

We were clearing footpaths along the coast and around the Mote of Mark, a dark age hilltop fort occupied during the 6th and 7th century and Muckle Hill. This involved removing a lot of prickly bushes from brambles, to blackthorn to holly - ouch! We learned about the correct way to prune trees to ensure the tree heals effectively and that it's best not to sit on a blackthorn branch!

The chopping team - March 2010!

Atop the muckle March 2010

Whilst we were lucky with the weather i.e it didn't rain, it wasn't quite as glorious as it was when we visited last May. I've put a couple of photos together for comparison!

Perfect lunch spot - May 2009

A top the muckle May 2009

But it was certainly warmer than when we were hedge laying on the Threave Estate in January 2009! We went back to look at our hedge and see the growth progress since it was laid, it was quite impressive and you could see why they make such effective barriers for livestock.

The hedge, laid in January 2009

The hedge in March 2010


5 comments:

Thimbleanna said...

You always have the best fun! I wish I lived nearby so I could help. It's amazing the differences in light between the different times of the year. Beautiful pictures!

ibb said...

Lovely and great job to keep lanscape perfect. It is great to see the comparison photos. You are so active!

Fei An said...

I Love you do so many meaningful things!!! so active and lively!!! seriously admire...

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

Thank you for doing that good work! We love taking hikes and I often think about how grateful I am that someone has taken the time to keep the trails clear. Gorgeous shots and has me feeling even more excited about our trip to The British Isles this summer.

life in yonder said...

Loved seeing the comparison photos. I had never seen a hedge fence. That is such a neat idea...