Saturday 10th September – The Mudlarks

It was a wet and dreary day weatherise, but a few of us were on a mission to keep the Container Project on course and set-to planting the pyracantha hedging, adjacent to the fence line. Tim, one of the select band in attendance yesterday, has sent me the report  below with some  light hearted comments on what turned out to be quite a tiring but  successful morning for all concerned. I have to preface the reports  (one from Bob Stark also) with an apology for the mud that seemed to get spread hither and thither by the end of the session. Valiant efforts were made to scrape boots – even remove boots before entering the inner sanctum of the  ticket office, but  with the glutenous nature of the soil, we fell short! We will try harder next time.



It was, as you are aware, a small but perfectly formed group of 5 which turned out yesterday at CRC, comprising Bob, Steve, John yourself & myself.


The weather was grey, cool and, at times, raining – so not very inspiring conditions for outdoor work.  Nevertheless, the imperative of trying to complete our new storage POD location drove 4 of us on!  Foundations having been completed and fence fettled so it was time to plant to screening – namely pyracantha and hawthorn.  Our first priority was the open length where the new POD will reside and where the planting line proved the usual CRC mixture of ancient root systems, tree stumps, redundant fence wire and intractable clay.  Nonetheless with (Slasher) Steve, and John (The Pickaxe) we eventually provided sound and fertile locations for the first 20 plants.  And we filled in the ‘Belgian Gap’ (no, not the northerly route around the Maginot Line) – a relic of previous unwelcome incursions by foreign campers from the Racecourse.  It was, on a difficult day, a satisfying experience to see a neat line of pyracanthas and to be able to say that we can now commit to delivery of the new POD knowing that the site is ready.


Bob, having provided strategic guidance to the POD team (basically: ‘get on with it you lot’) had cleared out the Klargester pit and surrounding area – from weeds of all kinds – an important task in very much a customer facing area.  The brambles are especially rampant this time of year and often grow several inches between train departures!

I for one, was glad to get home and change out of the wet gear and remove the 5kg of clay which had adhered to my boots!!



Dear Bill,
A short addendum to your report for the day as Digger in Chief of the new hedging. Whilst you Tim, Stephen and John were digging holes for the new bushes and spreading mud everywhere I was down in the Klargester pit clearing out the overhanging bushes and brambles and the invasive weeds,
No supervision from Robin, Ratty and Peter Rabbit down there, but a steady drizzle of rain and hundreds of tiny froglets (or perhaps toadlets?)
I attach an image of the end result.

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