Practical Volunteers Return!

June Image1It gives me great pleasure to announce the return of the Mendip Hills AONB Unit practical volunteers!

After Owen’s successes with the group I am lucky to have taken over and last Tuesday, 10 willing volunteers braved the gloriously sunny weather to help repoint a stretch of the Rickford Community Orchard wall.

The first part of the day was spent chipping out old and loose bits of the lime mortar and removing any vegetation that was growing on the stone.  There were clouds of dust as everyone enjoyed hammering away at the old mortar.

After lunch and some improvised methods of squirting water into the newly cleaned out joints, the new mortar was made up and we got to work pushing it into all the gaps.  There is a bit of an art to finishing off the wall neatly, so we let the experts smooth over the mortar before covering in wet hessian for it to cure.  The wall needs to dry slowly, before it is compacted further with a stiff brush and the excess mortar removed.  I’m looking forward to seeing the finished stretch.

Repointing in this way with lime mortar will ensure that the wall is strong again for a number of years to come.

Thanks to everyone that came along and to Mike for his excellent tuition.

If this catches your interest, contact Nichola Penn at mendipvolunteers@gmail.com or ring 01761 462338 for details of our upcoming tasks.

June 2013

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