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Bramble Pulling in Gobions
« on: October 19, 2010, 05:59:01 pm »
Its that time of year again!
Last year the regular Gobions Sunday work party, aided by some local residents (not many), spent Sunday mornings in November Pulling brambles which were encroaching and covering the bluebells in Gobions Wood. The benefit was apparent to those who enjoyed the bluebells this year, but brambles are persistent and have regrown, but by no means to the same extent. Also, we did not have enough helpers to attack all of them last year.

Bramble pulling is very satisfying, if you have a pair of stout gloves you can give the plant a heave and up it comes root and all. last year the weather was gorgeous too. What better way to spend an Autumn morning. So
Come bramble pulling on
Sunday 7th and Sunday 14th November
and help us ensure a good show of bluebells in future years.
Itís very satisfying work - all you need is
a pair of stout gloves!

Meet Moffatís car park at 9.45 a.m
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Re: Bramble Pulling in Gobions
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2010, 05:17:34 pm »
Thank you very much to the three people who turned up to help the regulars with bramble pulling. It was a gorgeous morning and those of us who took part enjoyed the fresh air and exercise.
I did wonder though 'where is the big society'?
Over 200 people read the original post, there are posters in the village and an article in Chancellors newsletter. The brambles are clearly more willing to take over the bluebell wood than the
people who enjoy it....
So, if its another lovely Sunday  morning, put on boots or wellies, bring stout gloves, if you have them, if not we have a few spare pairs, and help us help the blueblls.
Meet Moffatts car park 9.45.
 

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Re: Bramble Pulling in Gobions
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2010, 08:15:01 am »
Hope you get some more volunteers. Unfortunately, next Sunday is the Rembrance Sunday church service, so those with scouts, brownies etc etc won't be able to make it.
 

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Bramble Pulling in Gobions
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2011, 04:24:58 pm »
I could have started a new topic, but it seems a good idea to link it to last year. The response was very poor considering the number of people who enjoyed the wonderful display of bluebells in Gobions this year. As usual a very small number of people gave up their time for the benefit of many.
Last year the Sundays were wonderful, blue sky and sunshine. In these difficult times a morning pulling brambles is a much cheaper way of working out.
This year we will be pulling brambles in Gobions every Sunday in November. So come on give us a hand.
 

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Re: Bramble Pulling in Gobions
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2011, 01:50:57 pm »
What a lovely day it was yesterday. The regular volunteers who help maintain Gobions nearly every Sunday were joined by Jane Durney, Chief Executive of HMWT, in spite of a very hectic shcedule, and Susannah O'Riordan the South Herts Woods Living Landscape Officer. We also got a new volunteer for the team. Between us we managed to pull a mountain of bramble, as shown in the photographs, but how much more could do with support from the local community, which is notable by its absence.

The NMYCP were involved with remembrance Day ceremonies, and have promised to help later. But, in view of the number of people who regularly enjoy Gobions Wood and who visit for our wonderful show of bluebells, the response has been abysmal.

It is a very satisfying activity so come on make an effort next Sunday. Meet Moffatts car park at 9.45. Wear sensible shoes and bring stout gloves if you have them, if not we can provide.
 

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Re: Bramble Pulling in Gobions
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2011, 02:13:27 pm »
 >:(please leave our brambles alone!!!
 

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Re: Bramble Pulling in Gobions
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2011, 04:57:39 pm »
Hello Milkmade, your comment may explain why there is so little support for bramble pulling.
I can assure you that the brambles we are pulling do not bear fruit.  There are several varieties of bramble these just cover the ground and discourage the growth of other woodland plants, including the bluebells and provide little shelter for small mammals.
In fact the mound of pulled brambles in the picture will rot down very slowly and provide a wonderful winter habitat for several species.
Any work we do in the woods is done for the benefit of flora and fauna with the full support of HMWT which is dedicated to that purpose.
 

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Re: Bramble Pulling in Gobions
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2011, 09:35:56 pm »
So they pull themselves in the wild do they?
Another instance of humans helping nature.
Brambles are there to stop humans intruding on nature!
 

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Re: Bramble Pulling in Gobions
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2011, 10:40:28 pm »
This is turning into a bit of a thorny issue!
 

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Re: Bramble Pulling in Gobions
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2011, 02:37:35 pm »
but how much more could do with support from the local community, which is notable by its absence.

The NMYCP were involved with remembrance Day ceremonies, and have promised to help later. But, in view of the number of people who regularly enjoy Gobions Wood and who visit for our wonderful show of bluebells, the response has been abysmal.

It's a pity that you organised it on Remembrance Sunday for the second year running, then! The church was full, so that accounted for a lot of your volunteers. I believe the NMYP has it pencilled in for 27 November, rather than next Sunday?
 

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Re: Bramble Pulling in Gobions
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2011, 11:58:41 am »
A belated thanks to James Bentall and his team of young people who helped pull brambles in Gobions Last Sunday. Unfortunately I was unable to attend but understand everyone had a great time. The weather was fantastic.
So thank you once again. There are still loads left and depending on when the bluebells start to grow the Sunday work Party may continue pulling through December.
 

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