Many thanks to the Scouts from local explorer groups who joined with Friends last Sunday to make yet another assault on the willows that are attempting to turn the bund across the main lake into a forest.
Our young volunteers kindly interrupted their weekend camp on the outskirts of the reserve to join with our annual winter clear out of unwanted vegetation on the strip of land that divides the main lake - and which we hope will one day again provide an attractive stop over for migrating waders.
A well earned break for coffee and cake
The preparedness for which the Scout movement is renowned was amply and most welcomingly demonstrated when during the tea break they produced a large chocolate cake for all to share.
Jane and Neil lay claim to the longest root of the day
The work itself involved either pulling or digging up as many as possible of the hundreds of self seeded young willows in order that the roots could be removed and so prevent regrowth.
Not all was destruction - Dave is planting some young alder around the KFB
to create some natural cover and help break down it's rather harsh profile
Like the willow harvested in previous months we will burn the produce of our labour to prevent it sprouting anew.
Our next Open Sunday is November 16th - We hope to see you then.
Photos courtesy of Malcolm Stewart