Cambridge National Trust Volunteers

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Wimpole — 11th April 2010

We installed new iron tree guards, demolishing the old wooden ones in the process. The new guards were made on the property and had to be painted. We needed to cut back some trees in order to make them fit!

Photo - Removing tree guards Photo - Clare removing part of a guard
Photo - Simon (Wimpole staff) cutting branches Photo - Laura and Ruth installing an iron guard and dealing with an awkwardly-shaped tree

Clockwise from top left: Installing the guards; Clare removing the old wooden guards; Laura and Ruth installing an iron guard and dealing with an awkwardly-shaped tree (it was eventually cut); Simon (Wimpole staff) cutting branches from a tree (Photos: bottom-left – Andrew S.; rest – Mark T.; click for an enlargement)

Melford Hall — 28th March 2010

Another trip to clear the moat, following on from our earlier visit in 2008. Pete says: “It was a very good day with lots of happy faces…and ice cream treats from the warden”.

Photo - Before Photo - Lopping
Photo - After Photo - Burning

Clockwise from top left: Before; Lopping; Burning; After (Photos: Andy T.; click for an enlargement and to reach other pictures)

Lyveden New Bield — 7th March 2010

We worked in a coppiced woodland collecting materials for hedging. The pictures below show how we made stakes.

Photo - Cutting the stakes Photo - Sharpening the stakes

Left: Cutting stakes; Right: Sharpening them (Photos: Mark; click for an enlargement)

Wimpole — 14th February 2010

(Tom writes:) Good task today despite the rain and had four new members, Jenny and Hannah for the whole day and Ruth and Laura arrived after lunch. Mainly shredding off cuts left over from the hedge laying competition last week in a shredder on the back of a tractor. The remaining section of the fence was also laid.

Photo - Start of the day: lots of offcuts to shred Photo - End of the day with lots of offcuts shredded

Left: Start of the day, lots of offcuts to shred; Right: End of the day, shredded lots of offcuts (Photos: Tom; click for an enlargement)

Photo - Tony and Hannah finishing off the hedge laying Photo - Wood chips from the shredded offcuts

Left: Tony and Hannah finishing off the hedge laying; Right: Wood chips from the shredded offcuts (Photos: Tom)