Yesterday 14 volunteers came down to a muddy and still flooded Gerry’s Copse to start work on clearing up the large amount of brash from the eWIGS work that has been taking place. We brought out our new chipper, which most of the volunteers haven’t seen before, and they were shown how to use it without losing limbs! I stayed with the largest group as they dragged brash out from the flooded trees whilst Tony took some willing bodies down river to work on dragging out logs which the floods had washed into the water course.
In all 48 logs were removed from the river and 3 hours of chipping was done, creating habitat piles as we worked our way down Gerry’s Copse. We also cleared out some water outlets from the wood to the river to help increase the rate of drainage from the flooded path.
Assistant Ranger Laura