The next workday is very soon – Wednesday 17th February – TPT are delighted to have Sustrans Greener Greenways Ecologist, David Watson, working with them. He’ll be demonstrating just how best to maintain the Trail to make it look good and, at the same time, support the biodiversity.
David will also be running a (free) hedge-laying course on Thursday 18th February – details below.
There are lots of photos of workdays on their Facebook page – you don’t have to be signed up with Facebook to see the page: just click on the link – www.facebook.com/tptconservationvolunteers
Thursday 18th February – 10am – 4pm
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to lay a hedge, here’s your chance!
Led by Sustrans Greener Greenways Ecologist David Watson, you’ll be working on an old hedge running alongside the Trail.
Numbers are limited on this free course, so please let them know if you’d like to attend – contact details below.
Wednesday 17th February – 10am – 4pm
A workday to support the Greener Greenways Project, led by Sustrans Ecologist, David Watson.
See attached photo for a map of the site, and where to meet, at the bottom of the page. Workday Support: Kate Dobson
Where: Close to the access at Leapings Lane, ten minutes walk beyond Penistone Skate Park (towards Dunford Bridge).
Meet: Leapings Lane access.
What will I be doing? A workday led by Sustrans Ecologist, David Watson, demonstrating maintenance of the Trail which benefits all users – human, petalled, furry and otherwise – on a typical stretch of the TPT.
Parking: Please arrive on foot or bike if you can; if you need to bring your car there is very limited parking on Leapings Lane, but please take care to park with consideration.
How can I keep warm on cold workdays?!
- To keep your feet warm:make sure your shoes/boots are completely waterproof and have plenty of room in them; ideally you need a size bigger than your actual feet, so when you’re wearing your socks you can still wiggle your toes. Wear two pairs of socks – one thin, perhaps silk (widely available and not expensive) and one thick and thermal. You’ll be surprised how having warm feet will help to keep the rest of you warm! Have a look at these links: silk liner socks thick thermal socks
- To keep your hands warm:the same thing applies – make sure your outer gloves are completely waterproof and big enough; you need to have a layer of warm air to insulate your skin. If the material you’re handling isn’t wet, waterproof gloves aren’t necessary, but it’s important to keep your hands dry – once they get wet they’re liable to get cold. Wear liners – silk are good, but whatever works for you – and keep your hands covered as far as possible, out of the cold wind. Silk liner gloves
- Cold hands or feet are actually a symptom of your body not being warm enough – make sure you set off toasty warm from home. Do wear lots of thin layers– the warm air between the layers is what keeps you warm; some people swear by a base layer of merino wool. Don’t forget to wear a double layer on your legs as well, and tuck your trousers into your socks – otherwise a chimney effect will lure all the nice warm air up and out of gaps further up! Wellies can be very effective, even in dry weather, because they provide another layer for your legs. Finish off with hat, scarf, and wind proof coat, and make sure you stay dry.
- Eat and drink
- Keep busy– working is the best way to keep warm!
If you’ve any tips for keeping warm, please let them know and we’ll pass them on.
You’ll need to wear…
Old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or torn, sturdy footwear and gloves – waterproof if it’s wet -to protect your hands. Do bring waterproofs.
A packed lunch – they will provide tea, coffee, and biscuits in the morning and afternoon. They do have tools and equipment, but you’re welcome to bring your own (in good condition) if you prefer.
You’re welcome to give Kate a ring on 07704333445/01484 865852, or email, if you have any questions or need further information – or have a look at the website www.tptcv.co.uk
Leapings Lane Map