Bracken and aloe being cleaned up at the Coal Mines

Our volunteers have managed to treat quite a lot more Aloe over the past week and we’ve now reached the back of the Senior Military Officer’s House. There’s still a bit left to do but what’s left is not looking too daunting now.

Bracken and tree debris has been cleared from the explosives magazine, around the engine house at the main shaft and the hospital (see photo). It’s noticeable that there’s much less growth than previously as the bracken is giving up from repeated pulling and no rain.

We also cleaned the interpretation signs around the site so they’re looking shiny again (although there was a comment that you can’t read them in the sun when they’re too shiny) and we collected the visitor logger data – we’re getting around 120 visitors per day still.

This week
This Thursday will be a bird survey. As usual everyone that is at all interested in birds is welcome. Just wear drab clothing and bring binoculars and a bird book if you have them, if not just bring yourself – please get in touch know if you are coming.
On Friday we will have a large number of international volunteers – so again if you want to come along please let us know.

After this week there will be a couple of weeks break and the next volunteer day will be Monday 15 February. From then on (at least until June) volunteering will be every Monday and it will be run alongside our Green Army team.

Volunteers clean up bracken and aloe being  at the Coal Mines

Volunteers clean up bracken and aloe being at the Coal Mines