Wednesday 22nd February 2012Today the Landscape Conservation Volunteers were heading north to Low Newton, where our task was to help National Trust Coastal Wardens Kevin and Jane clear some gorse bushes from the side of a grass bank.
Driving north from Newcastle through the drizzle, I was apprehensive but I needn’t have worried, after all it was a Wednesday and the weather soon improved.
|The "Tin Church" at Newton By The Sea|
On arrival we were given a risk assessment talk, and then quickly set about our task.
|The bank covered with gorse.|
|Mary at Work|
Hopefully the bank will be returned to a primrose covered bank in the future.
By lunchtime we had cleared a large area to reveal some stone outcrops and had a well-established bonfire.
A group of us sat at the top of the bank eating our lunch to make the most of the sunshine and John Grundy spotted a hare running across the adjacent field. Skylarks could be seen and heard singing above us; spring must be on its way.
We had a wonderful day. To the north we could see the village of Beadnell and some of the Farne Islands, in particular Inner Farne and Longstone, and to the south Dunstanburgh Castle. Isn't the Northumberland coast marvellous?
|The view to the north|
|The view to the south|