A mixed group from Woodridge and Eton College came to give us a hand today with some of the things we would have liked to do but didn’t have time for.

We split them in three groups of eight.

Rob and Keith were in charge of the Podylaria assault. Ellie took the Eton rugby team to massacre Strelizia nicolai and Cathy and I gave Pelargonium pruning lessons at the entrance circle.

Most of the young men rose to the occasion and we even managed to get them to carry metal pipes from the Arboretum to the nursery to be used in the wind break and to pull up the plastic sheeting on the ramble which had gone very tatty.

When they were all gone we still collected some Protea seedlings in the burnt area, the collection is growing.