The volunteers were out in force to welcome in the New Year at the first work party of 2019, and to confront the reality of HS2.
The railway will run alongside Finemere Wood and so its construction will have implications for the woodland volunteers as well as for those creatures who live in this haven.
National Grid is required to modify some overhead electricity lines, pylons and gas pipelines along the HS2 route to enable the building and operation of the new railway.
Their work along the track into Finemere begins now, continuing through to November of this year. The wood will not be accessible via this route at some point during the year, but alternative footpaths into the reserve can be seen on the reserve page.
Expecting to be escorted through the 'danger zone', it was a relief to discover that, for the time being at least, we still have free passage.