After what felt like not enough sleep, the brave princesses set to warming up their legs at New Earswick and Knavesmire parkruns, some of them fortifying themselves with a sneaky second breakfast at The Hound Lounge, then gathered at the Northernmost end of the Fairy Trail to receive their magical mission. After enchanting everyone into the mission with talk of wood chip spreading, it turned out the bad fairies/woodsmen had not delivered it in time so they had to make do with storming the castle (old football pitch) and chopping back the brambles which had grown up over seemingly a hundred years (ok my stretched Sleeping Beauty metaphor is giving in around now).
With a variety of acquired tools, the team of princesses split into the sweeper/barreller team of Leanne, Tay, Liz and Mel, and the chopper team of Cara and Nikki, while Chief Fairy Tracy started chopping back elsewhere - briefly revealing her brambly fairy wings which got tangled in her jumper. Team Chop made good progress and soon finished their corner and moved over to help Tracy - not noticing that Team Sweep were nearly drowning under a sea of spikes and pin-pricks over in the tidy-up corner, from which they had to carry all the long spiky branches in barrows through a gap in the fence and into the enchanted forest. Eventually they realised and stopped creating more to tidy up and instead helped them to finish up to the goal-posts before the tired princesses called it a day. Plenty more castle to storm another day!
Many a pin (bramble) prick was recieved but luckily no-one fell asleep on the job, and several of us set off to fortify ourselves with a second/third breakfast at a nearby cafe, where apparently everything comes with cream on top :-)
The community-run Fairy Foss Trail are getting a delivery of bark chippings to cover thin, muddy areas of the trail and need our help in laying it all out. I imagine wheelbarrows, spades and fairy-spotting will all be involved 🙂
Note map is coming up wrong - see description and photo!
Great turn out for tonight's mission of more clearing of the wildlife area. Mitch and Debs took on tree sawing part 2, trying not to injure Amy T whilst doing so. Others cleared brambles and nettles and the raised beds are now obvious again.
After 75 minutes the wildlife area was much tamer so we celebrated with some of Barbara's birthday fridge cake and some smiles from baby Freddie.
We did a fantastic Effort in clearing much of this on the group run but could still do with a bit more manpower to continue.
Unlimited space! Please bring gloves