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Cannich squad breaktime, Affric Forest
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No: 2903   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1974
Cannich squad breaktime, Affric Forest

Affric Forest, Cannich squad hand fertilising with unground rock phosphate in Glen na Ciche, Glen Affric, south of Athnamulloch. The 25 kilogramme plastic bags with red writing can just be seen behind the men and scattered down the hill. The contents of the fertiliser bags were transferred into planting bags slung over the shoulder and the men then walked down the rows of trees scattering a handful of the fertiliser on and around each tree.

Photograph courtesy of Bill Rayner, Tibbermore, who has provided some information on the group.

‘The men featured are:

1. Alan Cameron (Establishment)
2. ‘Sparky’ David Sparks? (Driver, establishment)
3. Willie MacDonald (Ganger)
4. George ‘Geordie’ Douglas (Ganger)
5. ‘Cheshire’ Cameron (Establishment)
6. Donald Macleod (Establishment, part-time machine operator)
7. Davie Cameron (Establishment)
8. Wattie Baxter (Establishment)

They are well up the hill above the big peat flat looking southeast, having a piece after spreading unground rock phosphate all morning on the 1974 planting. Don Ally? (not Dod) from Ardross had put the 25kg bags out using the early diesel engined ‘Muskeg’, with the central single-man cab in the middle of the deck that had replaced the early petrol engined version’.
Picture added on 06 March 2015
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