News from Roland Wicksteed for December 2017

  • A Tribute to Volunteers 2017

    08:00 13 December 2017
    By Roland Wicksteed, Dave Jackson, Dave Almond, James Archer, Neil Winder, Ben Knipe

    Examples of the invaluable work of volunteers ...in and around the Windermere area.


     
    Working Holiday Group

    Lake-shore revetment work Cockshott, Windermere.

    Windermere School working at St. Catherine's.

    Thinning out ash and disturbing the ground to encourage growth of Touch-Me-Not Balsam in Spring..
    ..and collecting leaves for adding to the walled garden compost bins.

    Cumbria National Trust Volunteers.

    Tidying up the area in and around High Lickbarrow Farm

    and taking down an old redundant fence.

    First year Forestry students, University of Cumbria

    working on a double fence line to protect a soon to be planted hedge at High Lickbarrow...

    ...under somewhat challenging conditions!

    Stuart, long term volunteer, at St. Catherine's

    constructing a 'hedgehog house' from scrap wood.
  • Stuart...Recycling Superstar!

    13:34 06 December 2017
    By Roland Wicksteed, Dave Jackson, Dave Almond, James Archer, Neil Winder, Ben Knipe

    Stuart, long term gardening volunteer at The Footprint, has become an inspiring member of the Windermere team here at St. Catherine's.

    Stuart always has an eye on recycling so we find all sorts of useful and interesting objects refashioned from old gates and pallets. Above, he is completing his latest creation...a beautiful eco-home for hedgehogs.

    This old gate is tanalised and therefore unsuitable for firewood but rather than skip it Stuart has repaired the walled garden shed with some of the timber and made some trellis fencing with the rest.

    Stuart brought this Jasmine in from his own garden at home; here it is in the planter that he made from scrap wood with the trellis fencing behind.

    These images show planters created by Stuart for herbs and flowers which are offered for sale outside the Footprint in the Summer; donations go towards "The Walled Garden Project". 

News from Roland Wicksteed

Photo of Roland Wicksteed

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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http://centralandeastlakesrangers.blogspot.co.uk/