We were away camping which of course does not mean that work comes to a standstill as our hacking team kept up their sterling work and also inspected the new game fence which has sprung up along the north-east border of the reserve.

Many unanswered questions here. We hear rumours that buffalo will be bred there and wonder why there is a gate in the fence giving access into the reserve and if the road made by the loggers will be a permanent feature. It is disheartening that, in spite of our ten year positive track record, we are seldom informed what the plans are or are consulted. Two steps forward, one step back.

Being away did not stop Ellie from collecting Atalaya capensis seed among others which will no doubt find their way into the nursery.