Very cold this week up on the Roaches but the groups still got stuck in to footpath regeneration with Jon and Pete from Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. There's a lot of erosion on the paths up there and staff and volunteers are working hard to create suitable surfaces for walkers so they can stay off the surrounding habitats.
The top layer of soil was frozen solid and came up in big 'slabs' when the groups used mattocks and iron bars on it. The vegetation taken off was put to one side and then reused to re-shape the sides of the path when it had been dug out and resurfaced with sand found on the site. Jon explained the importance of using materials found onsite to keep the path looking 'natural' and in keeping with its surroundings.
Beans on toast and a warm drink were very welcome when we got back to Marsh Farm!!