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Iffley Island, Oxford2 Aug 2015
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Andy's backhand

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Andy's Backhand with a nice follow-through

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Iffley Island, Oxford19 Aug 2012
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Long reeds/sedge waiting to be cut back

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A lovely advert for Wickes!

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Wisely cutting in the few shaded areas

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John deep in thought. 'Scratching' & 'Surface' comes to mind

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A peaceful spot to live, with occasional views of OCV volunteers working hard!

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Lots of lily pads at the water's edge. We saw frogs too, but sadly no frogs jumping between lily pads

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We used hand tools to cut the reeds, like this sickle (or grass hook... anyone know the difference?)

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The cut reeds have to be bagged up and dragged off site

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Raking cuttings into a pile ready to be bagged 'n' dragged

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Dragging the cut reeds off site prevents the soil being enriched by the cuttings

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We are hiding the reeds in a large patch of nettles

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At some points it seems like a hopelessly big task

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With enough people, it's amazing how much work you can get done

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At the end of the day, the site is clear, and ready for some snake's head fritillaries to grow (fingers crossed)

Iffley Island, Oxford22 Aug 2010
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Before

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Kate looks authoritative

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After

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We found a message in a bottle

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There is a Steve under that pile of grass!

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Steve emerges from the pile of grass he was carrying

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The final tidy-up

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Iffley Island, Oxford23 Aug 2009
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The obligatory 'before' photo

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Susan contemplates the task ahead

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Where do we start?

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tea break

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Drag-bagging the cut grass off the site

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Inigo in the sunshine

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The equally obligatory 'after' photo

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Packing up after a good day's work

Iffley Island, Oxford5 Oct 2008
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Starting work

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Cutting back the undergrowth to make way for fritillaries

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Habitat pile made from wood moved off the flood plain

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Something was already growing in the habitat pile

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4 men went to mow

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Finished endeavours

Iffley Island, Oxford3 Aug 2008
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Getting started

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Fighting their way through the grass

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Tea break

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Grass has been cut

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Everyone hard at work at the gathering-up stage

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The houseboats

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Iffley Island, Oxford7 Aug 2005
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