2nd April 2018 by Larchfield Community
Our first stop was to be 'Scaween' field but before we could get there we had to negotiate a crowd of friendly sheep who were hopeful that we had come to feed them! At Scaween we stopped at the stone commemorating the lives of Margaret and Billy Hammond and who are still remembered by some of the long-standing community members. While in this place of reflection, the group worked together to plant a young oak tree and those who wished said a few words.
As we progressed around the boundary Donald explained how to tell the difference between a Hawthorn and a Blackthorn bush and he showed us the best holly bush on site which always has a bumper crop of berries in time for Christmas. There were plenty of signs of the start of spring with bushes and trees starting to bud, some fresh green reeds were just starting to show at the reed bed and we heard the song of the skylark as we walked. The sunshine was very welcome too after so much wet weather.
Miles tramped and stiles climbed we arrived back at Aspen for a feast of hot cross buns, crumpets, flapjack and carrot cake washed down with welcome cups of coffee and tea with Easter crafts to follow for those who wished to stay on a bit longer.