The area of land known as Grants Moor, which lies between the railway line and the A331 from Farnborough Gate to Farnborough North Station, is being managed to enhance its wildlife value. Part of this work was the planting of two lots of 400 trees from the Woodland Trust, to form a new hedgerow.
The task undertaken on the 29th August was to clear the plant growth that would otherwise overwhelm the new hedge.
This years perfect growing conditions and the the breakdown of the Partnership’s mower, meant that the amount of growth to be cleared looked somewhat daunting, in fact it was impossible to see the hedge line in some places.
Nonetheless a small but gallant band of Trustees, with a volunteering member, gathered to take on this task. The Partnership came down on the day with equipment for us and a mower, driven by Mark, and power tools operated by Andrew and our one qualified Trustee John.
After a slow start, using just hand tools while the mower cut a path for the truck, we were able to get into a system of clearing the parts that the mower and hedge trimmer/ brush cutter could not reach and soon we were making good progress.
For a small group we managed to do a lot of work and got right through the double hedgerow, opening up the small trees to the autumn sunshine.
This amount of work would not have been possible without the help from the Partnership and it was great to see the way that the group worked together to get the job done.
Many thanks to Sue Cload, Peter Bolt,John Coupland, John Murrell, Mike Swaddling and Colin Wilson from the Trust and Andrew and Mark from the Partnership.
Bernard Baverstock – Trust Member