Clearing dead birches from car park area

Our first attempt to clear the dead – and therefore potentially dangerous – birches from the car park area was on the evening of Monday 13th, but this was called to a halt by wasps which took an exception to their home being shaken up by the chain saw. Last Friday we returned and managed to fell the tree in question. Two other trees which needed felling were amongst the dense rhododendron and we had to hack our way through this to reach the trees in question. From the growth of bracket fungus, they seemed to have been dead for some years and so it proved to be. Given that both could have fallen onto the car park area, it was right to remove them. The photo below shows Howard working through the Rhodi with the dead tree visible in the centre.

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Middle Way widening

Yesterday we continued up Middle Way, clearing trees that are restricting the width of this ride and creating a ‘scallop’ clearance on the north side.

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Monthly work party

This being the first Sunday of the month, the Group was at work in the Wood again today. We continued Friday’s work on the NE corner of the Blue Route and west up Middle Way. A second team took the tractor and trailer to collect 4 loads of timber from around the wood back to the centre.

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Blue Trail Glade

Yesterday saw the group working on several areas of the western wide glade on the Blue Trail. The photo below shows the group, not resting, but standing clear while Howard felled a tree!

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Update

Last Friday we finished clearing the second pond and then dealt with some clearance work on the blue route close to the ancient beech trees.

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Clearing the Second Pond

We had a good turn out of 7 members to assist opening up the second pond to let in more light. This was the pond before we started:-

Members of the group stop for coffee during a strenuous morning’s work.

The pond towards the end of the morning’s work. One felled tree still to be dragged away.

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Chainsawing

With Howard back from holiday, we were able to catch up on some chainsawing work on fallen trees.

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Path clearance

Last Friday we concentrated on clearing and widening one of the old North-South paths which had not been dealt with since the “Great Storm” of October 2008.

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Clearing Rhodi roots

DSC06266RToday the group dedicated most of the morning to digging out old Rhodi roots alongside the entrance drive, where we had cut back the Rhodi last winter. This was really heavy going work!

 

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This Blog allows visitors to keep up to date with news and events at the Great Wood. If you like the pictures shown here, you can click on them to see a larger image.

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