Cambridge National Trust Volunteers

Diary page 18 of 20: October 2014 – September 2015 [older | newer]

Working in the garden of a cottage at Wimpole — 27th September 2015

Here is one of Paul T.'s timelapse videos, showing us removing old wooden structures and clearing some areas of a cottage garden at Wimpole.

Paul has produced many other timelapse videos. Here are a few from this year:

Building a fence at Wimpole — 7th June 2015

Andy T. writes: The task was to put up a metal fence to allow the field to be used by two different types of livestock. The fence was made of uprights, five lengths of flat steel and a tubular steel section for the top. There were various jobs: laying out the bits along where the fence would go, bashing in the uprights, threading the flat and tubular lengths through the uprights and finally painting the fence.

Simon and Paul used the tractor to bash in the uprights. This speeded things up immensely, it was a relief we did not have to do the bashing. I spent most of my time laying out the uprights and tubular sections. When I started to get tired near the end of the day, I did some painting. There were seven taskers, and we put in about 90 uprights in the fence.

Photo - Laid out fence Photo - Using the tractor to bash in the posts

Laid out fence; Using the tractor to bash in the posts

Photo - Threading the lengths through the uprights – with some gentle persuasion Photo - Painting the fence

Threading the lengths through the uprights – with some gentle persuasion; Painting the fence

Digging out an old pond at Wimpole — 24th May 2015

Our task was to dig out an old “dipping pond” which is behind the walled garden at Wimpole and is hoped to become a future visitor attraction. The work involved shifting hardcore to reveal an old line of bricks around the outside of the pond. This was a big job which we only started on this date. The bottom photo, taken later in the year, shows the completed work.

Photo - Digging out the pond Photo - Digging out the pond
Photo - Digging out the pond Photo - Digging out the pond

Digging out the pond (photos: Kyle V.)

Photo - The complete, dug out pond

The complete, dug out pond (photo: Andy T.)

A busy project at Anglesey Abbey — 5th October 2014

Andy T. writes: There were 22 taskers including two new volunteers. We all headed over to Hoe Fen. There were a number of tasks all around the pond and bird hide: woodchipping a path, cutting down dead trees and cutting down some trees and shrubs around the pond. I worked cutting down trees with a bow saw and lopping them up into “habitat” piles. Barbara, Ruth and I cut down two sizeable trees. The weather was glorious and was nice and warm in the sun.

Photo - Dead overhanging trees needing to be cut down Photo - Working on cutting up the last tree together (we thought it was an afternoon's work but once everyone got involved we were done in no time at all)
Photo - All twenty-two of us

Clockwise from top-left: Dead overhanging trees needing to be cut down; working on cutting up the last tree together (we thought it was an afternoon's work but once everyone got involved we were done in no time at all); all twenty-two of us (photos: Andy T.)

Paul H. also took some photos at the task.