New Chainsaw Techniques

Last week Jenny got the chance to try out a couple of new chainsaw cuts at Hawley Meadows.  Firstly Mark explained a ‘J-cut’ which is a technique we both learnt last year on a winching course. This method is used to safely fell a with-thrown tree and increase control, since the rootplate can rotate and suddenly flip the trunk back to vertical.

Jenny using 'j-cut' on wind-thrown poplar

Jenny using ‘j-cut’ on a wind-thrown poplar

Next Jenny used ‘coronet cuts’ to form groves carved into the top of one of our stag beetle stumperies. We are increasingly using this technique on both standing dead timber and living stumps, as part of our ‘dead wood policy’ to mimic natural cavities for minibeasts.

Jenny creating coronet cuts to stumpery

Jenny creating coronet cuts to stumpery

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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