The star turn was our Curator Edward Eastwood who gave us a very practical demonstration on rope making. I don’t think any of us had seen something like this before, so we were intrigued and entertained. It became evident that Edward had spent considerable time making the props that illustrated the principles very clearly
Using old wooden pallets, we have extended the compost heap by the hammer gate to take the cleared undergrowth and twigs that in the past we were more inclined to burn. Some small sycamores were felled as part of the process but the trunks have been used as revetments.
Secure boundaries are important and in order to encourage people to come into the Pinetum through the proper entrances, we have reset some of the post and wire along the top fence and planted 50 hawthorn whips to plug gaps where people had been pushing through.