Hills are Alive with the Sound of Loppers

Spurwink Island Path

Gord Follett

Jul 21, 2009

Hills are Alive with the Sound of Loppers

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Hills are alive with the sound of loppers — quite literally — while not as musical as the Sound of Music, the maintenance volunteers and crew have completed an awesome amount of pruning of trees and brush on the Sounding Hills path between Ferryland and Aquaforte.

This lovely path, with views of the Ferryland lighthouse to the north and Spurwink Island to the south, has had many days of maintenance work this year by the East Coast Trail maintenance team: trail head signs glimmer with varnish, new board walk has been placed under ancient apple trees, and new crib steps have been built. If you are lucky to run across the ECTA crew working and it is your day, happy birthday can be sung to the snapping rhythm of the loppers at no charge! Volunteers and crew together have pruned the overgrown path across the boulder field, inclines and meadows so hikers can readily find their way.

We can tell the communities of Ferryland and Aquaforte that they have a world class hiking trail with magnificent views of which they can be truly proud. We should add that work on the Path of Bear Cove Point, Island Meadow, Mudder Wet, Cape Broyle, Beaches and Mickaleens has also been done by the team this year incredible and it is only July.

So stay tuned for our progress as we work up and down the shore over the rest of the Summer and Fall. Even better, join us for our volunteer maintenance outings (see Scheduled Hikes) where we have fun, offer a free cardio workout with marvelous views and often witness whales and dolphins cheering us on with their blows and claps.

J. Whittick, Chair of Maintenance
Photos courtesy T Smith and J VanHouwelingen