The Southwood volunteers had fun yesterday tree felling. The breezy conditions gave the gang a good chance to practise knot tying, as all the trees over 5” diameter had a rope attached. They learnt how to set up a pulley secured to a stump using an alpine butterfly knot (you’d never guess I’m a scout leader). Louise also took out some off her pent up aggression, freeing a fallen tree from the stump with a hatchet. The finished photo shows how the birch have been cleared back to open up light for the line of mature coppiced oaks.