Today the Southwood Woodland volunteers were joined by 2nd Cove Guides to help out in the woods. They were clearing the invasive scrub from beneath the canopy of our veteran oak trees, to reduce competition and give the large oak trees a hand. This countryside management is more commonly called ‘halo cutting’ as you clear a ring around the older tree, but since our oaks grew along hedgerows, in this case we’re clearing a strip either side. You can see what the finished effect will be by taking a nose at the halo cut coppiced veteran oaks by the wooden snake at the main entrance.
It was great to see everyone working together, complete with a large fire. Thank you to all the volunteers for all their hard work.