Today was our third annual Christmas volunteer get-together. This year however rather than being at Hook Heath Meadows, we moved location and headed to Swanwick Lakes. It was very well attended by 25 people from our 5 volunteer teams in the South East Hants (Solent reserves) region; Swanwick education & practical teams, Beechcroft practical teams and Farlington practical team.
During the morning we continued with our tree felling in North east meadow. The main task was to get a hot fire going to cook our jacket potatoes and chilli.
By mid-morning we had a good fire base ready for our foil wrapped potatoes to be thrown in; cooking the chilli would turn out to be a trickier operation though. Cooking over a fire is harder than Ray Mears etc make out but we got there in the end..!
45min in the bonfire at gas-mark ‘really very very hot’ our potatoes were done and luckily so was the chilli! We headed back to the study centre to meet up with the others and share our givings.
It was great to have so many people from different volunteer teams all sharing stories over some tasty food. As you can see the spread was fantastic from savoury pastries to chocolatey, melt in your mouth, brownies – safe to say no-one left hungry.
This bring and share wasn’t all about tinsel scarfs and christmas hats – it was a celebration of the work our volunteers carry out across our reserves in our region and we certainly couldn’t do a quarter of what we do without them. Heres looking ahead to another fantastic year in 2015.