Working in a Winter Wonderland

Bad weather quite often presents an ideal opportunity to catch up with paperwork, so yesterday I was happy when we received a message from local volunteers Gill and Mick, that there was some work to do at Newton Woods.

Due to the weight of snow and freezing conditions, a sizeable limb had split off a Larch tree. This wouldn’t normally be a problem, but it was blocking a well used footpath.

We don’t want anything to get in the way of visitors enjoying the stunning walks and views the weather is providing at Roseberry Topping and Newton Woods at the moment, so off we went.

The scene that greets us as we park at Cliff Ridge Wood.

The scene that greets us as we park at Cliff Ridge Wood.

We park as close as we can, then set off on foot to find the tree in question. We have a good idea but aren’t sure exactly where the tree is! A quick chat with some locals we pass on the way confirms the location.

Starting to clear the debris.

Starting to clear the debris.

When we get there it’s not a big job, and we clear the path in just over an hour.

Job done.

Job done.

The brash piles were immediately claimed as territory by a Robin. While we were there he bravely saw off at least two competitors, and frustratingly managed to evade the camera too.

We stayed on site doing a few small jobs before the light started to fade, then headed back to base. Working in a winter wonderland is cold, yes, but getting out and about when the world looks this good is not something I’d like to miss.

It seems you can't go to Newton Woods and not take a picture of that hill in the background.

It seems you can’t go to Newton Woods and not take a picture of that hill in the background.

Crisp, clear views across to Eston Hills.

Crisp, clear views across to Eston Hills

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Kate | National Trust

Kate | National Trust

 

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