Hi. I’m Claire Hannington and I am the Ranger for Gower. I am, however, currently covering for Gwen as Area Ranger for Ceredigion 3 days a week as she undertakes a six month secondment as Wildlife and Countryside Advisor for London and the South East.
As such I am out and about with the volunteers undertaking all aspects of conservation work whilst trying to get my bearings and work out which site is which and how to get to them.
I normally write a monthly volunteering blog for Gower – https://gowernt.wordpress.com (Just pugging Gower here. I will plug Llanerchaeron on the Gower blog), so I thought I would do the same here. Hopefully it will be of interest to you.
We have initially been concentrating on the gates and fencing around the farm on the Llanerchaeron estate. We have replaced the posts and gate into Church Meadow and also the huge double gates into Parklands next to the Church. It took 4 of us just to lift one of the new gates. They are made of green oak and should last a substantial amount of time. We are also renewing the posts and rehanging the gates along the main road access into the estate.
We have also spent some time working alongside Vicky, the Magnificent Meadow’s project officer at Penbryn, finishing off the winter scrub clearance. We have also done some fencing up there around a spring and water tank that no-one seemed to know existed. The volunteers only found it by chance as they were strimming.
All staff and some volunteers from across the Mid and South East Wales portfolio got together at Carreg Cennen for the annual start of season meeting. We heard from all the properties with their plans for this year and have been able to since cascade this information at local events.
We have a new Full Time Volunteer started with us this week – Mounir from France. I will get him to introduce himself later.
And on the 31st March, the Ceredigion volunteers joined me on Gower to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Neptune Campaign. You can read all about that on the Gower blog – last plug I promise!