Volunteers get busy with annual hay rake

Woodlands Ways is holding its annual hay raking on Natterers Wood in Bury.
Woodlands Ways is holding its annual hay raking on Natterers Wood in Bury.

VOLUNTEERS armed with pitchforks and rakes were seen clearing an area of woodland on Sunday.

A 25-strong work party gathered in Natterer’s Wood on Moreton Hall for Woodland Ways’ annual hay rake, now in its 10th year.

Tony Potter was among this year’s volunteers to rake and remove more than a ton of hay.

He said: “I think people pulled out all the stops because it’s quite a sizeable meadow to rake. There were also a couple of small children and I thought that was lovely because it’s not just for retired people like me.”

Fellow volunteer Sue Gridley said: “It’s good fun. You get there and hay’s all over the place but when you walk away from the field the hay’s all stacked up nicely for the hedgehogs and toads to make their winter home in.”

Nick Sibbett, chair of the group, thanked Ingham-based Urban Forestry for loaning it a Land Rover to tow the hay.