Today we separated into 3 groups. Terry & Mary set off to clear gullies on the Gibside estate, the second group were detailed to leaf clearing, and our group of 7 set off for Cherryburn, another local National Trust property, the birth place of Thomas Bewick.
Our task was to cut back vegetation in the orchard using strimmers & John’s scythe, then to rake up the grass and bracken cuttings into large piles, for easy collection at a later date. The orchard is now a wildlife garden. Cutting back the undergrowth encourages a wider variety of plants to grow.
|John using his scythe|
|Helen raking grass|
|Rob raking grass|
John demonstrated scything technique to several of us and then we were allowed to try for ourselves. All I can say is that it’s not as easy as it looks but it is much quieter than a strimmer.
We had lunch sitting outside the main house in the sunshine (well it was a Wednesday!), our peace only disturbed by the free range hens looking for scraps.
|Three of the hens searching for lunch|