On this fine summer morning we made use of 3 scythes, kindly loaned to us from Skylarks. Nick brought the scythes and trained us in their use and maintenance (not all of us had used them before) and we set about cutting back the encroaching vegetation along the main path, which was getting quite narrow in places towards the southern end. After a short break we completed the bit by the Wheatcroft gate, trimmed back vegetation on the steps by the southern entrance, and tackled a few places on the western path. As a result, all paths are now an acceptable width, and hopefully this will remain the case for the rest of the season. We also crown-lifted slightly a small ash hanging low over the path below the southern gate.