I was working this last weekend at Castlerigg stone circle (a Neolithic stone circle just outside Keswick that is 4 to 4.5 thousand years old) with a National Trust volunteer group from the Leeds area of Yorkshire. Members of this group have been coming annually to spend a working weekend in the Lakes for the last 15 years. Over those years they have done huge amounts of work.
This year we were re-turfing around the Castlerigg stones. It is a job we do every one or two years depending on the wear and tear caused by the combination of footfall and weather. The heaviest wear of course is immediately around the stones so we replace worn sections with new turf to protect the site and to keep it looking good.
We dig out the soil from a section to a depth of about 4 to 5 inches (10 to 12 cm).
That is taken across to a strip along the side of the field where we have taken out turf to use for the repair. The soil fills in the strip and is reseeded and the removed turf is laid around the stones in the circle. This is an annual or biannual cycle. We also trial new seed mixes in search of the most sustainable, hard-wearing option for this site.
Sunny had his last day with us on the Saturday as he returned to his family on the Sunday. He’ll be able to show off his new swimming and ATV driving skills! The Yorkshire crew carried on without him and, as they always do, completed a fantastic amount of work for the Trust.
I’ll close this post with a mention of Fletch the perch-crow and his new blog. Fletch is a resident of the gardens at Wordsworth House in Cockermouth who believes that he is the world’s first ever blogging perch-crow. He is going to be blogging about thieving birds, visiting armadillos, crocheted mice called Bubble and Squeak and his life in general. He will also be talking about gardening (particularly heritage gardening) and what’s going on at Wordsworth House plus he’ll be giving useful tips.
Go to the following link and you can check out his blog – there’s even a photograph of him!