Saturday 12th December 2020
Report written by York runner
It waa finally time for our very delayed bonfire night task at Chapmans Pond, hurrah!
There were several jobs which needed doing, but first up, Pete and Nick J baggsied going in the boat to collect debris from the other side of the pond.
The rest of us started by hauling out heavy, stinky bags of water lillies and reeds and relocating them to different pondy areas.
Laura was chief banksman and has the important job of keeping eyes on the boat and ensuring nobody fell in the pond whilst extracting heavy bags.
Other jobs included moving some big logs, piling up dead wood ready for chipping, raking up debris from the near shore and helping Pete and Nick every time they came back will a boat full of branches and rubbish.
We found gin, and cucumber! No tinic though..
Finding ourselves ahead of schedule, we started (and finished) a bonus task to top up the forest trail with fresh woodchip, using the boat cover as a tarp to add capacity to our two wheelbarrows.
Lastly we cheered Leanne and Katie as they kicked off the 24 hour Santa Relay (after removing their wellies) whilst the rest of us hung around for baked potatoes and mince pies!
Pun Credit - Katie Fairless
The Friends of Chapmans Pond hold a lease to manage the pond and open space on behalf of City Of York Council. Volunteers oversee the angling activities on the site and are responsible for the maintenance and enhancement of the green open space.See more
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