Last Friday most of the Blackwater Valley team were out in Hawley Green to make some dangerous trees safe.
Stuart and I conducted a tree survey in December on some of the sites we look after in Blackwater and Hawley. We identified 4 trees which needed work because they posed a significant risk to car parks or paths.
When it came to the morning of the task we made sure to make the area around car parks and paths safe before work to avoid any accidents. When it came to felling, one of the dying trees posed an interesting challenge that involved several ropes and winches.
Before long Stu had the trees on the deck and students Jeremy, Dharma and Matt chipped the brash and tidied up the logs, whilst Bobbie used the blower to clear up the paths. On the way home we felled other trees by the playing field and in Blackwater Common.
A successful day removing danger from areas heavily used by people. It was satisfying to see our tree work go full circle from survey to felling of hazardous trees.
Acting Ranger Jenny