Our tame student Fern and volunteers from “Blooming Marvellous” joined us last week to fell trees at Southwood. This supported adult volunteering gardening group aims to empower those who would like to volunteer. The main task was to clear invasive silver birch from the northern heath. In the past brash had been piled over hazel coppice stools to prevent deer munching of the regrowth. The volunteers also removed the now redundant brash as the shoots were now high enough to avoid hungry deer or rabbits on trampolines.
One of the leaders Hazel explained that, “ten volunteers braved the elements to fell 11 large birch trees, saw them up and drag to log piles or the fire piles. Volunteers worked in groups of 4 – 5 and following a safety briefing and felling tuition by Stuart, shouts of ‘Timber!’ could be heard ringing throughout the woods. A great time was had by all”
The hard working volunteers paused for a cheesey photo sitting on a tree they had felled.