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Review Of This Year's Project — October 2016 to March 2017

Despite the winter excesses of Mother Nature, egged on by her formidable Aunty Doris, SUMBA's hedge laying team have succeeded in laying their second section of hedge just above Cholmondeston Lock. We have now stopped further laying until October — it is time to let the birds get on with nesting in their wonderful new environment.

As with our work last year below Cholmondeston Lock opposite Venetian Marina, our current hedge is part of CRT's national "Helping Hedgerows" project. Please have a quick look as you cruise/walk/cycle by this summer.

  • This year's work was especially tough as conditions in the field behind the hedge consisted of boot sucking and ankle breaking mud, mushed underfoot with horse & sheep droppings — lovely!!
  • Nevertheless our very determined "tree huggers" managed to lay in excess of 100 metres between October and early March.
  • When brash disposal by bonfire (great for baked potatoes!!) became impossible due to the soggy conditions, the team created a back hedge with the waste wood.
  • Not only does this strengthen the new growth, but it also provides a dense habitat for bugs, small birds and a safe highway for hedgerow mammals.
  • It has also thwarted the local sheep escape committee in their frequent attempts at making a run to freedom in Switzerland.
  • In our final session in early March over a 100 whips were planted. These will in time thicken the hedge and support regrowth along the front face of the hedge.

Extra special mention in dispatches to the S.C.S.C. (Sumba Canine Support Corps) — Spike, Daisy & Lola. Their dedication in moving sticks, meeting & greeting passing dogs, boaters & walkers greatly added to the fun. Supervising the complete consumption of packed lunches was a countryside skill which the S.C.S.C. honed to perfection over the sessions. Tune in next season to discover if the humans ever solved "The Mystery of the Missing Scotch Eggs".

Many thanks to all the SUMBA team for their dedication & support for the project. Also thanks to CRT's Roger Birch, Brian Pimlott & Steve Minton who provided chainsaw support.




Future Hedge Laying Parties

Our Hedge Laying programme has now stopped until October 2017.
Then every 2nd Monday and 4th Thursday to the end of March 2018

October — Monday 9th and Thursday 26th
November — Monday 12th and Thursday 23rd
December — Monday 11th
Meet At — 9:30am to mid pm
Meet At — Cholmondeston Lock
Park At — Venetian Marina Car Park




Everybody is welcome to come and help on our work parties — they are fun and very sociable.
On every work party there are projects for all ages and abilities,
All personal protection, equipment and materials are provided.
Please bring personal food and drinks.




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