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.
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.