Today volunteers Chris and Mike joined Mark, Laura and I to tackle the larger invasive willows at Kennels Lane Meadow near Southwood. We have been hay-cutting and removing invasive scrub from this meadow for a few years, and it’s great to see the SSSI (site of special scientific interest) grassland being restored to it’s former glory.
It was surprisingly warm in our chainsaw gear tree felling, and it was great to have a hand so we could chip up the brash. We have tiered the woodland edge stumps so they regenerate into a range of scrub heights. The soft woodland margin will provide for greater habitat and species diversity. This management will be continued next year with the Tuesday volunteers. Thank you to everyone for all their hard work over the years getting the site looking so good.