Thursday, 5 February 2015
You may have noticed some changes in the garden at Carding Mill Valley, our Tuesday volunteers have improved the paths and volunteer Pat is helping to install a pond. There is lots more to be done over the coming months so that we can attract as much wildlife as possible to the garden.
Monday, 2 February 2015
On January 29th commemorating 150years (to the day) when the Vicar of Woolstaston became benighted for 24 hours on The Long Mynd, National Trust Learning officer Chris Stratton led a walk in very similar conditions.
|Photo courtesy of Pat Holbourn-Williams|
Reverend Edmund Donald Carr was caught up in one of the worst snowstorms to hit the Long Mynd the century before last. In trying to return from his Church service in Ratlinghope to his home parish of Woolstaston he lost his way – the ferocity of the storm blowing him down time and again and preventing him from seeing where he went. No one had seen so much snow fall for nigh on fifty years. Several others died on the hill that night. After a whole night and day of struggling in snowdrifts, and after losing his hat, boots, gloves and nearly his life he was eventually found by children playing in Carding Mill Valley.
|Photo Courtesy of Malcolm Roddy|
On Monday our Learning Officer instructed a group of 22 M.A. students from Birmingham University through the processes of leading Geography fieldtrips. Within a year we hope that they all find a teaching job and make a return visit with their students, confident in the activities of booking, risk assessments and conducting river studies.
Saturday, 10 January 2015
Saturday, 6 December 2014
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
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.