Well it’s finally here, the end of summer (what summer I hear you say!!!), and autumn has begun and along with it all the fun and the hard work that the Gravel Pits Action Group do at this dramatic and beautiful time of the year.
It’s been a crazy summer hasn’t it, what with a combination of atrocious weather and Council budget cuts, but we’ve come through it, probably stronger than ever? GPAG have taken on the mantle of the vast majority of the planning of tasks and expediting all the work that needs to be done to manage this fantastic site, and believe me there’s lots of it to do!
Hard work aside we do have the good times as well, we’ve won two grants and have events coming up like our forthcoming “Besom Making Event” for Halloween.
For those uneducated ones amongst you who don’t know what a besom is? Well here’s the Wikipedia explanation;”Besom brooms are traditionally constructed brooms made of a bundle of twigs, tied to a stouter pole and are the brooms traditionally associated with witches. As a result of its construction around a central pole, the brush of the besom is rounded instead of flat. The bristles can be made of many materials but traditionally the handle is made of hazel wood and the head is of birch twigs”. Well now you know!
The group has spent several weekends collecting the handles and brash to make these besoms and we’re ready now for the witching hour – so watch this space.