More help needed if you are free, please!
Groups of our valiant volunteers did a lot of work on the Long Pond, the Langford Cut and above Hoe Mill last Sunday.
Check out the details here
We'd hoped to work from two work boats last Sunday but high water levels meant that, despite their valiant efforts, our crew bringing an additional work boat down from Hoe Mill just couldn't get to Beeleigh. So we weren't able to clear as much pennywort from the Long Pond as we had wanted (although it did give us the opportunity to work in the wretched Langford Cut!). Also, that pesky pennywort seems to be growing longer into the winter months than it did several years ago - meaning that if we aren't resolute in our efforts to control it it will get a head start on us in 2022.
For next Friday, 21st January, as well as using our jointly-owned work boat Buster, with thanks to Essex Waterways Ltd., we have the opportunity to try out their much larger work boat called Workboat! It could work brilliantly for us; it could be less of a success than we've anticipated. We won't know until we try!
Are YOU willing to give it a try next Friday, 21st January, please? Not just on Workboat but also on Buster or maybe from the bank. We'll be meeting at Beeleigh Lock to start at 10 am and finish by 2.30 pm at the latest. If you can come along with a canoe, kayak or coracle that would be a bonus as well.
Following our now-established procedure please let us know in advance that you will be attending so that we have email addresses for all participants if we need to contact them subsequent to the work party and so that we can ensure that we can involve all participants meaningfully.
We'd love to hear:
that you can attend on Friday, 21st January
that you are happy working from one of the two work boats or
that you can bring your own craft or
that you would like to work from the bank
We'll be mindful of safe working practices, especially with regard to Covid-risk and will, of course, respect everyone's right to adopt whatever measures suit them.
Please respond NOW if you are able to take part in the work party next Friday. We will send out precise details direct to those who confirm that they will be attending if you can let us know by Tuesday, 18th January, at the latest, please.
Click here for the latest reports and photos of recent workparties.|