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Friday, August 29, 2008

The end of the 1980 season - re-turfing


JCB (not, as I originally thought, the dumper truck) in the background, the backfilling almost complete, the re-turfing team literally lies down on the job. Among others, Frank Green, Anna Collinge and Jane Dineen. Think the legs on the left belong to Rebecca Chambers. The lifted turf was periodically watered throughout the season to try and minmise shrinkage. But there's never quite enough to cover the whole area. Unusual care was taken to try as far as possible to put the turf back exactly whence it had been lifted a few weeks before. This was a year when the cuttings were protected at night from the attentions of the cattle on the National Trust land by an electric fence.
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