In total, we coppiced 30% of the Hazel in the south eastern corner of the woodland. In a few years time, we will return to coppice another 30%. By making sure that we do coppicing in cycles, we should avoid harm to any birds or small mammals that rely on it!
|One of our Hazel stands before coppicing...|
|... And after!|
|Once the Hazel was coppiced, we chopped it up into usable material...|
|Clearing a patch of Bramble for new under-story planting.|
The final job of the day was to tackle the Rhododendron ponticum stumps that we causing something of a trip hazard in the woodland, as well as making their best effort to regrow (which we don't want to see happen!).
Mattocks and pruning saws in hand, the volunteers got really stuck in and in total we must have pulled put around 10 stubborn Rhody roots!
|We even took on a huge Laurel stump, which proved to be even tougher than the Rhododendron roots.|
At the end of the day, we were all agreed that there is nothing quite as satisfying as the crunch of Rhododendron roots as you chop them out of the ground!
I hope that you can join us in the woodland for some more conservation tasks: In November we will be bashing Rhododendron, and in February we will be returning to plant Hazel. Join the mailing list to find out more.