Autumn at Cae Poeth
Cae Poeth Nature Reserve – Autumn conservation work and skill share
Nov 18 & 19 2011
Thanks to all who came, I hope you all had as good a time as I did! Great weather, great stuff to do, great company, great place......
1. Firepit area cleared of trip hazards etc
2. Bottom path cleared
3. Sawhorse made for future use on site
4. Shavehorse nearly completed – if it weren't for that wood splitting at the last minute.... I promise to finish it off so we can put it all together next time and try it out properly!
5. 30+ willow poles coppiced, stripped and put in makeshift 'formers' to season ready for making a yurt trellis in the spring
6. one walking stick made
7. A few spatulas and spoons made (thanks Nelis for bringing your spoon gouges)
8. Fire, teas, coffees and lots of chat enjoyed!
9. Possible evidence of dormice – ripped sheets of loo roll presumably used for nesting?
- A brief look at the trees planted late last spring shows a reasonable success rate considering the state they were in when we planted them! We'll see what happens come Springtime....
Cath, Jane, Ryan, Anthea, Nelis, Abi, Ruth, Elaine, Hilary, Sue, Gwenllian, Andrew,Aglika, Velko, Lynn, Jack.
Jobs still to do/Future ideas:
1. Finish the shavehorse! - cut down legs and attach 'arms'
2. clear shale at bottom of track to create 'emergency gathering area' and make obvious the path down the steps to the firepit – ask Alun to do this using tractor + bucket?
2. When the brambles regrow - mass weaving! - weaving sides for the shelter, log baskets, pea supports etc..... Comparing willow and bramble weaving.
3. The steps to the compost loo need restarting and rebuilding 'properly' at some point soon– the bank is crumbly sand on bedrock so this will be a full-on job – anyone got any ideas?!!
4. Create a book for wildlife recording. Get an expert in?
5. Create a clear, if brief, management plan?
6. create a 'maze' through the plantation?
7. ' PERYGL – DWR DWFN / DANGER – DEEP WATER ' sign has gone AWOL! - must make another – plus a second one for the exit from the bottom path to lake.
8. Clear wood from behind the lower firepit bench – to create another (possibly flatish!) safe working area
9. Nelis offered to bring his pole lathe for us to 'play' on - and personally I think that would be fantastic!!!