On Tuesday the volunteers were in Rushmoor Bottom, part of Wellesley Woodlands doing something a little different. Running south to north in this area is a stream that a long time ago the military straightened and lined with bricks. This means in periods of heavy rain the water rises and falls very rapidly, which increases the risk of flooding. There is also very little benefit for wildlife so the volunteers set about removing the broken bricks and concrete from the bed of the stream.
Whilst they only tackled half of the length, they filled 3 trailers full, or to put it another way, our entire skip!
After the stream was cleared the volunteers set about adding woody debris to the stream. This will help add bends back in and the faggots (bundles of brash) will help trap sediment, creating shallow areas.
Thankfully only a few people ended up with full wellies by the end of the day!
Thank you to all our volunteers, hard working as always.
Assistant Ranger Laura