We had a group of eleven children from year five and five adult helpers and 6 Roots volunteers. A group of us started pulling out reeds at the back and cutting back the trees, while the other group started at the front of the pond. The rest of the children grabbed wheel barrows and cleared away the reeds that had already been pulled out and made a pile at the back.
I put on some waders and got in the pond to start clearing reeds from the middle and it wasn’t long after that all the kids wanted to get in as well.
After lunch, the group started on the second pond while I finished of clearing away the reeds with help from my chain gang and a bit of singing. By the end of the day we had made huge difference and worked very hard and our volunteers and the children got a group photo of all of us looking very muddy.
At the end of the day we all went up to the library for hot chocolate and the children gave us some feedback on their best and worst parts of the day and what they thought of our volunteers. They loved being outside and helping out but some of the girls didn’t like getting mud in their hair. They very pleased and very grateful to our volunteers!