News from Roland Wicksteed for November 2016

  • The walled garden pond...St. Catherine's.

    09:00 06 November 2016
    By Roland Wicksteed, Dave Jackson, Dave Almond, James Archer, Neil Winder, Ben Knipe

    Academy ranger Bruna Remesso, with volunteer help, has done a great deal of work in the walled garden at St Catherine's this year.
    One of the jobs she undertook was to reinstate the old pond. It was dug out afresh and a new pond liner was put in place.
    Stone dredged out of Troutbeck, after Storm Desmond, was selected to be used for landscaping the area around the pond. 
    A volunteer group from Windermere School, who help out on most Thursday afternoons on various tasks, began landscaping work with Bruna.
    A busy scene unfolds!
    Smaller stones were put in buckets and...
    ...carried over to the pond.
    looking promising.
    Really taking shape.
    Almost done. Approximately two and a half tons of stone was used for the pond.
    The large rounds of wood floating  in the pond are alder. They have had large holes drilled in them as refuge sites for frogs and newts; hopefully they will colonise the pond.
    The Windermere School group with Bruna on the right.
    Julie King, Director of student pathways and careers at Windermere School, quite literally threw herself into the task. She gave pond dipping a whole new meaning and demonstrated just how deep the pond was!

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Ranger. It is a privilege to live and work in this beautiful area; it is unique. I am based at Windermere and Troutbeck. My favourite work is drystone walling and hedgelaying. I enjoy instructing Working Holiday Groups in both of these traditional crafts. Part of my work involves keeping the numbers of "invasive non native species" down as much as possible. I also continue to work on a project, the aim of which is to increase the numbers of the scarce touch me not balsam plants,(yellow flowering plants in the image's background!) which the rare netted carpet moth depends upon for its survival. The numbers of moths and plants are mainly restricted to a few small sites in The Lake District.

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