All hands to the spade! Volunteers make light work of planting our hazel whips.
|A delicate discovery in the woodland. This nest has not been recently used, but the size of it indicates a small bird - perhaps a wren?|
|This hazel is happily settled into its new home at Kingston Hill.|
Simon explains the traditional technique of 'layering' to generate new hazel trees.
|We left just enough bark attached to allow a new tree to feed off the original. Once well established the attachment between the old and new trees can be severed.|
|Marlon and Malena stake down a hazel tree which they have just layered.|
Our woodland trail had become overgrown and lost in the bramble, so shears and loppers at the ready, volunteers parted the entwined vegetation to reveal our path. Coppiced poles and dead wood were laid down to demarcate the path for a professional finish - good job Derryn and gang!
|Our woodland trail reappears after months under cover.|
|Tricia was keen to tackle our invasive bamboo.|
|A little less smiley and certainly more tired, Tricia proudly shows off the bamboo rootballs she and fellow volunteers have dug out.|
Thanks to everyone who helped out, it was an amazing effort! Thanks too to Luka who kindly took many expert photos of the event, some of which have made an appearance here.
While planting we discovered lots of bluebell leaves emerging. It will be well worth a visit in a few weeks to see a beautiful carpet of blue flowers in amongst the new trees we have planted.
If you're missing the action already or are sad to have missed out this time, you can always sign up to our Rhodo-bash on Saturday 23rd February. This will be our last of the season so let's make it a good one! Hope to see you there!