After a very hot and humid week today's weather was much fresher and ideal for working. As we had 10 volunteers turn up, we split into two groups in order to tackle the large amount of work needing urgent attention across both reserves.

Five of us spent the morning clearing vegetation from three footpaths on the Markham Rd site in the area adjacent to Heather Rise and Charlotte Grove, one of which had become almost impassable.

The rest of us worked on the Alexandrina Plantation reserve. Here more encroaching vegetation was cut back to make the paths easier and safer to access. The rocky outcrop was cleared of the remains of "party" gatherings, which included large amounts of broken glass and food wrappers etc.

We also cleared the bottom section of the bridleway where the heavy overnight rain had brought down the usual amount of mud.

Two of us returned on Tuesday to cut back the brambles overhanging the pavement on Thoresby Road below the steps.

More good news - the repair work undertaken to the path alongside the wildflower area at the Sandy Lane entrance has been successful as no mud or water has accumulated there despite recent heavy rainfall.

The Friends are always looking for extra pairs of hands to help out or to simply support their work, so...

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