On Monday, myself and fellow students Josh and Sean were taken to Southwood woodland. Ben and Sarah were felling birch trees, and our job was to tidy up after them. After being given strict fire-lighting instructions by Stuart (and after one false start), we got a fire going and we could get started. We put any brash and tree branches that were too small to go onto the log pile onto the fire. The most exciting part of the day for me was when Sarah taught us how to fell a small tree, using just a bow-saw!
On Tuesday, we met up with 17 volunteers at Hawley meadows, a great turn out for a frosty cold day. The aim of the day was to clear old brash and old logs from a fenced scrub area. Surprisingly, I was put in charge of the fire! My fire-making skills being quite limited, this was a little daunting at first but all the volunteers were very knowledgeable and we kept the fire roaring all day with a steady flow of brash and brambles. By the end of the day the path was looking very tidy and clear.