Chainsaw felling dangerous Southwood trees

We’ve been out chainsawing at Southwood Woodland to fell the hazardous trees that were identified in our tree survey last month. Sarah and I were joined by Tobias, a Merrist Wood student now armed with his chainsaw qualification and protective gear. It was to useful to make the paths safe and practise the different chainsaw techniques, including Tobias using a dog-tooth cut to bore into the trunk of a heavily leaning willow tree.

Student Tobias felling small tree

Student Tobias felling small tree

Student Tobias felling leaning tree

Student Tobias using dog-tooth cut on heavily leaning tree.

Ranger Stuart


About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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