Yesterday Jenny, Laura and I headed out with the volunteers to remove some invasive willow from the Blackwater Reach SSSI (site of special scientific interest), a small meadow that we manage between the Sandhurst Memorial Park Pond and the River Blackwater. We continued our October task to cut back encroaching willow, and had great success removing over half the willow scrub island by the Blackwater Valley Path Bridge.
Meanwhile, whilst Paul and John were busy clearing trees, Laura taught Mike and I how to turn the chipper blades. Our chipper has circular blades which need to the turned regularly to keep them sharp, so it was great to learn this fiddly job from Laura.
Thank you to the volunteers.