Thursday, 19 November 2015

National Trust attend a careers event

This week Chris and Rob, two of the learning officers from Carding Mill Valley were accompanied by Emma and Joe, two of the placement students from Harper Adams University to represent the National Trust at a careers fair at The Community College in Bishop's Castle. This involved talking to students about their career aspirations and advising them about routes into the countryside sector.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Clearing Coppice Leasowes

This week the TTF (Tuesday Task Force) were working alongside some volunteers from the council to clear vegetation around the young trees. This was to help the trees in their early years of establishment and in the woodlands the brambles were cleared to help the Primroses to grow.
(Photos courtesy of Eric Brown).


Cutting and splitting wood for the log boiler

The TTF (Tuesday Task Force) have recently been helping to cut and split wood from the log pile in the top car park. This supplies the log boiler which heats the tearoom, shop and office.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

A foggy day in the valley!

On the 2nd November a dense fog descended on the valley, leaving the tops of the hills clear, this provided the perfect opportunity for some photos!

View of the valley from the Burway

Devil's Mouth

Carding Mill Valley

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Restoration of the tearoom tables

Over the course of this month the FTVs (Full Time Volunteers) spent numerous days restoring the tables outside the tearoom and on the rooftop terrace, this task involved sanding the tables back to plain wood and oiling them with linseed oil.
Before and after.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Meet the new FTVs!

Keep an eye out for our four new FTVs (Full Time Volunteers) in the valley or out on the hill, they are taking over Charis' role as the placement students, all from Harper Adams University studying Countryside Management. If you see them be sure to stop and have a chat, they are very friendly!
James, Emma S and Joe

Emma P

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Heather burning has begun!

On October 1st the ranger team began controlled heather burning on the hill. This is part of the management to encourage regeneration, and therefore provide a mixture of age ranges in the heather. The fires are controlled with beaters and a high power water jet is on standby to put out the fire when the burn has covered the required area.
Lighting the heather.

Fire beater.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Sanding the bollards

Joe and James, two of the new FTVs (Full Time Volunteers) spent several days rasping and sanding the bollards which stand outside the tearoom.

Logs have arrived!

The 21 tonne log delivery has arrived from Wenlock Edge! This will provide fuel for the wood burner and over the next few weeks the volunteers will spend time cutting and splitting the logs to the appropriate size.

Monday, 28 September 2015

New fencing

This month we were at Asterton with the TTF (Tuesday Task Force) removing old rotten fence posts and replacing them with new ones. This was to make the field stock proof and secure.