The pupils working for their volunteering component of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme were back again on 17th March. While some of them continued the work on clearing the sides of the paths the rest got stuck in felling the dead saplings in one of the central copses. Sadly these were all young Ash trees killed by the Hymenoscyphus fraxineus fungus, also know as Ash dieback.
This was much harder work than anticipated but the teams remained cheerful and enthusiastic despite this and the occasional Pembrokeshire downpour.
After lunch, combined with a demonstration of the Trangier stove system (to provide a hot brew) the teams swapped over to finish the day’s work.
Local and a London-based representative of the DofE scheme also visited to watch progress and provide support.