On Thursday 6th December 2012, a cold but clear winter’s day, a team of us set out to help the National Trust in clearing a specialist local orchard of theirs. The team quotes tell the story of the day:
Simon Tregoning, Chairman
'It was teambuilding with a purpose. We were helping one of our favourite causes, the National Trust. We were in the open air, the view over Loe Pool was magical, it didn’t quite rain, and we were sustained with fire-baked potatoes, fire-melted marshmallows and mulled wine – a great day at the office.'
Jakie Jewell, Commercial Manager Classic Glamping
'Great team effort to help clear the overgrowth (blackthorn, willow, young oaks, young sycamore, brambles etc taking over the area) at the lovely NT orchard at Degibna. Hard work was rewarded with jacket potatoes cooked on the fire along with mulled wine and melting marshmallows! Think we are all going to be a little sore tomorrow!'
Anna Gibson, Property Manager
'My arms hurt! Great day out and very worthwhile. Cutting down sapling trees to make room for rare apple trees to breath was hard but hopefully the tree elfs will forgive us for this! And... what is it with men and bonfires! Best baked potato ever!'
Tanya Pascoe, Property Manager Support
'A really enjoyable day getting stuck in, and making a visible impact. It was good hard work, and interesting to see the different varieties of trees that had sprung up from nowhere and grown wild. It was particularly nice to understand the benefit to the apple trees and crop by clearing the area, and great to sample apple juice made from the heritage varieties grown there.'
For the full album of the day's activities, see our Facebook album!