Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Vista Management Revisited

Wednesday 21st November 2012

7o Celsius and raining, not the sort of weather the Conservation Team have become accustomed to on a Wednesday! Despite the inclement weather, five hardy volunteers set off with Keith to prune the laurel bushes on the ride up towards the Banqueting Hall, a task last undertaken in January.
A soaked volunteer
Equipped with secateurs we set about our task, the aim of which was to improve the vista and give a clear line of sight down towards Gibside Chapel. Some of the prunnings were collected to be made into Christmas decorations later (two tasks in one job!).
After a coffee break in Renwick’s CafĂ© at the Stable Block we returned to finish our task, and then it was off to the Pontop Shed for lunch.
Mary resting on her laurels!
View down the ride

The finished job

Although the rain had now stopped most of us decided to call it a day after lunch and headed for home, let’s hope the weather is better next week!

                                                                                                                                               Phil Coyne


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