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Topic - SVG Harrisons Rocks November and December 2012

Graham Ad - on 15 Oct 2012
Further to Bob Moulton's posting here http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?t=520577
We now have dates when the work will be carried out. The following was mailed out to the email list but if anyone else can come out and help us, please lete me know via my profile / PM or even a post on here!

Sandstone Volunteers Group – update – October 2012.

A successful and well attended SVG meeting was held at Bowles on the 30th September. The BMC provided snacks and there were some good suggestions made, some of which involve the way the SVG communicates with ‘members’. The meeting minutes are appended below.

At present, we rely on word of mouth and an email list (that’s how you’ve got this mailing!). It was suggested that we move to keep up with the times and include social media in our range. Consequently an SVG account has been set up on both Twitter and Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/SandstoneVolunteersGroup

SVG activities at Harrison’s Rocks – November and December 2012.

The Forestry Commission have agreed the Woodland Management Plan for Harrison’s Rocks. The hard work put in by Malcolm McPherson and the HRMG has paid off and we intend to start work on the first compartment plus the non-indigenous species as soon as possible.

Work is planned for the weekends of 24th/25th November and 1st/2nd December.

The work will be similar in nature to other campaigns the SVG has carried out and will involve moving the arisings of the cutting work to the required locations - some for brashing, some for revetments, some for habitat hedges/piles and some for burning.

What to bring… Yourselves, primarily as we can’t carry out the work without you… However, If you have old ropes, pruning saws or bowsaws, pruners, bill hooks, spades, picks and shovels that you can bring along they will be very helpful. Gardening gloves are also very useful for hand protection. Old clothes and boots are recommended - a waterproof if it's wet and a packed lunch and drink. Please do not bring chain saws...
Some of the work will involve transporting soil back up to the crag to fill the revetments we will build - if you have a wheelbarrow and maybe plastic buckets and a spade/shovel, these will also be very useful.

We intend to work from 09:30 until dusk and will meet in the Harrisons car park for a briefing at 09:30. If you arrive later, please come and find the meet leader before you start work.

If we get a large enough turnout we may ask some to dig out the channel under the Squat Tower, and maybe the one below Grant’s Wall.

We would also like to get a smaller number of helpers on the 10th and 11th of November when we shall be building revetments using the wood from the beeches from around the Root Route area.

If you are able to help, please email me and let me know which day(s) you’re available to help. This helps us decide what work we can undertake on a particular day.

Further work…
We will also be doing some work at High Rocks, Bulls Hollow and Stone Farm – more details to follow.

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