Rebuilding fences, rebuilding spirit

Badly damaged fencing will take priority when BlazeAid gets to work on Monday.

The organisation will focus on external fencing initially and will aim to get them to a point where they can properly contain stock. They will get to work on some internal fencing later on.

Well over 1000 kilometres of fencing was destroyed in the Cobbler Road fire and, while it is hard to pinpoint an exact date, the job is expected to take at least six months.

“The time it takes will all depend on the amount of volunteers we have,” volunteer Gary Waterson told the Tribune

BlazeAid will help by bringing chainsaws, posts, wire cutters, gloves, high visibility equipment as well as computers and printers that will be set up at its base at Bookham Memorial Hall. All that farmers are expected to bring is a tasty lunch an afternoon tea for the workers each day.

Volunteers should wear well-covered shoes, slacks, a wide-brimmed hat and a long sleeve shirt is also preferable.

Mr Waterson stressed to the Tribune that volunteers didn’t have to have any fencing experience at all and people of all ages are welcome.

“We want to make that point well-known. You do not need any previous fencing experience.”

“You will get help and you will learn a trade.”

Farmers can register for help from BlazeAid on the group’s website www.blazeaid.com.

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