Meadow Raking at Dartmouth with South West Devon Trust! (RAKING SPECIAL)-31st January 2015

It was not a coincidence that our Project offer Chris Bond decided to order some new 'hand-made' rakes recently, as this week we headed up to Dartmouth for a relaxing day of Meadow Raking!


Just look how excited he was!


Somehow we managed to have some of the best weather we have seen in the last...3 months? 
8?.......A long time...

The worksite, all trimmed & ready for raking!

 Our services today were lent to Craig of South West Devon Trust, who was well equipped for the day ahead... 

Don't worry Chris, his strimmer isn't a patch on our new rakes!


Just look at them, handcrafted perfection!


Before we got started, we had our weekly 'Proper Tool Use' Demostration...Or as I fondly like to call it... 'Tool Modelling'

Superb duel wielding here by Pete, 
this is a man who fears no allotment.

Exquisite Slasher Stance from Esther, she'll have your lawn cut before you 
can even start your lawnmower's motor!


With Tool mo-I mean demonstration over with, everyone soon got to work raking, trimming and litter picking...



The litter picking perhaps got a tad over ambitious at first... 
I think we're gonna need a bigger bag...


Chris also took the opportunity to get some shots of the new rakes in action...


Yes Chris yes this is going on the blog...


So here are Chris's favourite 'Raking' moments in this week's...



In at Number 3 is....
Samantha! Though new to the PEA scene Sam has wasted no time in attracting the favour of our project officer with this great show of raking prowess!


In at number 2 is...
Hayley and Sam with this excellent show of teamwork raking! 
After all why only use one rake when you can use two!


And finally...in at Number one is....
Rob with perfectly uniformly raked bale! 
He has truly shown what can be done with 
these great pieces of human engineering!


Phew...And now to calm you down after all that excitement, 
try and spot the bird in this bush...
A beautiful specimen right?

As well as raking, we also freed all the grown up sapling from their grow guards...

There were a lot!

After a busy morning of 'work' it was time for lunch...


We then got back to work, 
(Well most of us did, the others popped to the local Sainsbury's to use the 'facilities.')



After all the raking, our next task was to free some poor saplings from the overgrown hedgerow...


Which had a serious Bramble problem...

Hmm now where have I seem brambles like these....


Ah...yes..'Sleeping Beauty'

With my slasher in hand and trusty steed though, I made short work of those brambles...

Alright...so maybe I didn't have a horse...

Just in time for the rest of the group to return!

Seriously guys, you missed all the action!


It was important to cut back these brambles though 
inorder for these little saplings to grown up to one day be mighty trees...


With our work done, we made the short trek back to the bus for a quick brew,
and of course, the group photo!


Well photos, as Esther insisted we have one with me...


We all then headed home, looking forward to a hot bath and tea...


And I don't know about you, 
but I definitely know that some peoples dreams were filled with rakes that night....




                                                                                 Michael Gamble-PEA Team

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