Off we go….
Clearing the new Downs "motorway"
Tumbling tumble weed?
Dealing with some of the more troublesome growth.
Perhaps we will be building steeps here soon?
All ready for pedestrian traffic.
Tea break (the seated guy, centre rear, had an extra long break!)
Working in the old chalk pit.
Wall Brown butterfly
Holly Blue butterfly.
A new venue for Team Green Gym this week, the old chalk pit, known as Bully's Pit, Brading. After a bit of a problem with the access gate (two lock but only one key…!) we were soon tackling the jobs that had been assigned. The main job of the day was to rake-up all the cuttings where a new footpath had been cut through from the pit to the downs. This had been mechanically flailed which leaves all the arising scattered everywhere. I think that the photographs above will show the improvement we made there…! Opening this up will make access to this pit, from the downs, much safer - the alternative is to walk down the main road which has no footpaths. Those Team GG members who were unable, or unwilling, to tackle the steep approach to the new path were gainfully employed working in the main chalk pit. As this area will occasionally have the grass cut now, it is important that all the large chalk lumps are moved to the side. As per usual there was a litter pick with particular attention being paid to the considerable amounts of broken glass. The weather was pleasantly sunny but with a keen easterly wind blowing.
On completion of the session, a number of GGmers went off on a circular walk around Brading, taking in the wonderful views.
Many thanks to Terry for taking the photographs this week (like the butterfly ones Terry!).