Saturday, 10 January 2015

Volunteer Training

On Thursday National Trust volunteers and staff came together for a training session on water insects and valley history. The session was led by Learning Officer Chris Stratton. We started in the Carding Mill Valley tearoom and heard about the history and geology of the valley. We went outside and did some kick sampling in the stream before heading off to our labs to examine what we had caught.

After that we walked up the valley towards the reservoir discovering more of Carding Mill Valley's rich past on the way. Everyone enjoyed  themselves and the cake helped us forget about the chilly weather!

Felling in Walcot

If National Trust rangers are stood in a wood and a tree falls, does it make a sound? ............ Answer - yes. This week The rangers went to Walcot wood to fell some Cherry trees, Placement student Rob has been doing his chainsaw course and used his new skills to help out, as can be seen in the video. The trees have been made safe and left where they are for a volunteer group to come in and sort.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

TTF get splitting

 Last week Carding Mill Valley was provided with 21 tonnes of logs and 9 crates to stack wood in, so naturally we asked our lovely Tuesday Task Force to come and help us fill them up and they did not let us down. Including some of our old empty crates and the new ones the TTF managed to fill 11 crates in a mornings work, some were chainsawing, some were splitting and others stacking the logs in crates ready for the tractor to take them away. These logs come from our friends at Wenlock Edge and go into Carding Mill Valley's wood boiler, the tearoom fire and shop fire.


 Carding Mill Valley happily welcomed McConnel to demonstrate the powers of their Remote Controlled, Unmanned Tractor. They very helpfully cut down some gorse, saving the National Trust two days of group manual labour....... thanks a lot. Due to the design and structure of the machine it is able to go on steep slopes that a manned tractor would not be able to drive on. Not only this but a manned tractor would never really go accross a slope but up and down, that all changes with Robopower.

McConnel spent a day at the valley using the time to show what Robopower could do for a reporter and take pictures. The weather wasn't ideal what with the fog and rain showers but we made it work and had a successful day.

Pictures courtesy of McConnel

Thursday, 20 November 2014

TTF head to Walcot

This week our Tuesday Task Force headed over to walcot to clear one of the hedgelines. With trees and brambles out of control and everywhere, it was a tough job but the volunteers made a huge improvement. With loppers, slashers and saws at the ready the majority of the hedgeline was cleared in no time and the brash made a lovely fire to keep everyone warm.

Pole Bank Topograph

Recently a mote has formed around the Topograph on Pole Bank, as much fun as it is for kids to run round and round in circles in, we felt it would be a lot nicer to look at if you weren't stood in a puddle, so Assistant Ranger Will and FTV Charis went to sort it out. A small drainage channel was dug out to drain some of the water and the hole filled in, over time this dirt will dry up a bit and grass will grow on top, it will look like new in no time. 

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Heather Burning Continues

Heather burning continues on the Mynd with help from our Tuesday task force, six areas were burned in order to help the heather rejuvinate better and provide a varied habitat for the grouse.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Chalet Makeover

The Carding Mill Valley Chalet Pavilion is having a repaint (with the traditional National Trust Green), making it ready for the festive season. Come and check it out, and maybe grab a cup of coffee and some cake while you're at it!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Volunteer group help out!

Every year accountancy firm Whittingham-Riddall hold a "Make a Difference" day where they head out and volunteer in the local area.

This year the group joined the National Trust rangers to clear gorse in Carding Mill Valley, this creates a fire break between the left over gorse and the near-by houses. The team were great and got really stuck in, despite the thunder storm in the afternoon.