The Manchester Conservation Leadership Corps' (CLC) third event of the year took us to the Derryfield Country Club, managed by the Manchester Parks, Recreation and Cemeteries Department. The golf course had experienced severe damage from the December ice-storm, which knocked down hundreds of branches from the ancient white pines that line the fairways of these Manchester links.
The members worked in teams sawing large limbs and transporting them to wood chipper drop-off points. After a tutorial on basic hand saw use, a few were given the opportunity to try out the NHCC's newest addition to the tool shed: the shiny, yellow Silky Longboy Pole Saw.
The event was joined by Celia Demers and Dustin Laverack, former leaders of the 2007 CLC summer hitches.
When all was said and done, employees from the Derryfield Country Club were surprised by the amount of work accomplished by the members, and were exceedingly grateful. We cleared a large swath of downed limbs on the course, and made it possible for the course to open on its anticipated start day of April 1st.