This weeks volunteer task was to screen Thorn Hill from the adjacent road by planting native deciduous trees and gorse. Before any trees could be planted a large patch of laurel had to be removed. The laurel is most likely a remnant of when the site was a garden for the sargeants quarters. Removing the large patch of laurel has now reduced the amount of invasive non-native species on site and allowed more light to the ground.
Trees and gorse were then planted either side of a patch of woodland along the fence-line. Several rows were planted and the trees staggered to create a dense hedgerow that will block the view of the road and provide valuable habitat for birds and small mammals. The trees, including birch, hazel, rowan and hawthorn, were planted in small groups of the same species to encourage all the trees to grow and not to be shaded out by faster growing species. The groups of species were alternated between to create diversity along the hedge-line.
Assistant Ranger Jenny