June is a time for repairs around Finemere Wood. As nature unfurls in all its summer glory, the volunteers turn their attention to a fencing project out in the meadows.
A local farmer grazes sheep on these meadows, a mutually beneficial arrangement. Sheep help to control scrub and dominant plants, and thus the more delicate meadow flowers are given space to bloom.
Each year these meadows are more diverse as a result. But good fencing is needed to keep the sheep in the areas where grazing is required.
Fortunately, I have some expert fencers in my team, and Judith is one of them. She knows her dragon bars from her monkey strainers and her flamingo bar from her spinning jenny.