Oh Deer, the stakes are high!
16 GoodGymers made their way 6.2km to help the Friends of Aston's Eyot in Oxford.
- Wednesday, 7th of June 2023
- Led by Anwen Greenaway
Aston's Eyot is a delightful nature reserve tucked off the Iffley Road. It is owned by Christchurch College but the Friends of Aston's Eyot rent it for the princely sum of £1 per year and are tasked with its upkeep.
This evening we were greeted by Ruth and she explained our task. Some young hedgerow plants and wild flowers have been being nibbled by the deer who live in the reserve. We were to make the fencing around them a bit higher and sturdier, trimming and tidying as we went. Hopefully the deer won't be able to leap over the new, higher fence!
Armed with stakes, bamboo, cable ties and various tools we set to work and soon had built a handsome enclosure, hopefully ensuring a better outcome for the young plants.
There was also a bit of nettle scything to be done, because what is a visit here without scything?!?
The return run was glorious, along the river and across the lock. An excellent way to celebrate Global Running Day!
Report written by Bethan Greenaway
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