Jan 102014
 
Thistle Bashing in 2003 (Maggie Biss)

Thistle Bashing in 2003 (Maggie Biss)

Be sociable, have fun and do something useful!  All volunteers are welcome to help at these morning work events, and we are very grateful for all hands.  It’s helpful if you bring some of your own tools.

Sunday 9th March

Ty Major, Forest Coal Pit, Abergavenny NP7 7LH (Peter Smith & Sheelagh Kerry).

The task will be gorse and scrub clearance.  Please bring tools (slasher, bowsaw, bill hook etc.) if you can.  Start around 10.30am

Directions to Ty Major: from Abergavenny take the Old Hereford Road past King Henry School to Pantygelli. Just past The Crown turn left, after 1 mile go through the village of Bettws. Continue on this road for another mile, turn right (sign on the bank to Upper Bettws and Yoga Studio). Go along this narrow lane, round a wet corner and between a house and a converted barn. Finally bear left onto the drive which goes straight up the hill and over a cattle grid, Ty Major is at the top of this drive.

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St Mary's Churchyard, Tintern (Diane Parker)

St Mary’s Churchyard, Tintern (Diane Parker)

Sunday 16th March

Bracken and bramble clearing from the churchyard at St Mary’s Church, Tintern.  Start at 10 am, and finish around lunch time.

The beautiful churchyard around St Mary’s Church in Tintern is managed by volunteers as a meadow.  It’s in a beautiful position, overlooking the Wye.  The main body of the churchyard is densely packed with tombs. Last year paths were cut through this area to allow some access.  This year the aim is to mow carefully around the headstones to make them more visible. Beyond this there are fewer headstones, and this area was cut in September. The plan is to cut it back again then leave the meadow to grow until late summer.  It’s a labour intensive task and the small group would appreciate help.

There is free parking in Tintern village if you turn off the A466 at The Royal George Hotel and drive a few hundred yards to the lower wire works car park which is on the right. There is also parking at the Abbey but this is metered. Volunteers arriving at 10am will be met on Chapel Lane at the bottom of the cobbled path.