Monday 5th of October

This was our first Activity of our Group as a truly independent organisation. 

Under the leadership of John Hayes we all gathered together at Gayton Churchyard to continue with some grass cutting using the brush cutter, cutting down some nettles (using shears) and raking up of the cuttings and transferring them by wheelbarrow to a trailer supplied by Lord Romney for the purpose of removal of this material. In addition the compost area was tidied up and the material transferred to the trailer for disposal. The palleted compost heaps were almost emptied as well. What remained within the palleted area was left for a home for wildlife. During the removal of some of the material outside the palleted area, a loud squeaking was heard and on investigation a small vole was observed. It was carefully moved to a new home beneath the adjoining hedge. Before any further removal of material was commenced, the area where the vole was found was carefully checked to see if any more were living there. As no more were found, the job was re-commenced.

After our tea break, John lead us on a very pleasant walk to the source of the River Gaywood, a nearby spring flowing from the Chalk, which flows all of the year around.  The river is a pristine chalk river which is pure and clear and fit to drink at this point.

Our walk ended just before the rain came down - and nobody got wet!

Here are some photographs courtesy of John Hayes.

Dead Man's Fingers fungus - Gayton Churchyard

Tea break - Gayton Church

Forking grass on the trailer - Photo taken by Hamish

Raking grass in the churchyard - photo taken by Hamish

Near the source of the River Gaywood - photo taken by Hamish

River Gaywood close to the source spring

Standing on the bridge over the Gaywood River at Gayton