And finally, after six months of exile from the wood, the Finemere volunteers are back, albeit in small handfuls at a time.
Covid-19 procedures are firmly in place to ensure everyone’s safety, and we are adapting to the rules of no sharing, no hugging, and keeping away from each other at all times, despite such measures going against our natural inclination. I am encouraged that all are keen to return, despite a ban upon cake provision.
Scything, brush-cutting, and raking of grassy places has been the main agenda over recent weeks. At first in groups of six, and now in groups of eight, it is a joy to hear the happy babble of woodland workers once again. Energised by their period of absence, they work harder and faster than ever before.