Monthly Diary 2019

To see last year’s work go to Diary 2018

July 2019

We’ve decided to summer-cut and rake off the entire orchard floor this year in order to control rank vegetation. A second cut will be done in October prior to the apple harvest.

June 2019

Paths and rank vegetation in the Millennium Community Orchard are mown.

Dial Hill – mowing and controlling of everlasting pea and lilac suckers in grassland

May 2019

The paths in Quinney’s Wood are first mown in early summer to enable easy access.

Dial Hill – bramble roots are grubbed out from a patch scrub-cleared last January while two areas around walnut trees are brush-cut to improve access and amenity value.

More clearing along the main path through Strawberry Hill Woods (the Fir Woods)

April 2019

Strawberry Hill – sycamore shoots arising from self-set saplings felled 2 years ago are cut.

Strawberry Hill Woods (formerly the Fir Woods) – clearing back encroaching brambles, cutting sycamore and holm oak regrowth and pulling sycamore seedlings beside the path

The Community Orchard – a few apple trees still need substancial reduction in height while others are managed with minimal pruning. Prunings are collected into heaps and later burnt. Tall elm suckers at the orchard edge are thinned out to reduce shading.

March 2019

Clevedon School – extending the informal trail by selectively cutting back bramble and holm oak and clearing fallen logs, to facilitate exploration by forest school students

The last chance to cut the hedge at Quinney’s Wood before spring. A number of spindle and wayfaring trees are left uncut to grow higher and produce flowers and fruit.

February 2019

Cutting the top hedge in Quinney’s Wood and burning the arisings

A bit more sycamore is cut on Dial Hill to open up a path and the view from the top.

Clevedon School – dangerous trees near the recreation area are felled; a woodland trail is extended by cutting out bramble and young holm oak;  2 bags of litter are collected.

January 2019

Hedge cutting in Quinney’s wood and burning brash on a frosty morning

 Cutting the hedge in Quinney’s Wood

A few self-set sycamores bordering this path on Dial Hill are taken out to enhance the woodland and to improve access as well as the view NW over the channel from the hill top.

A view over Clevedon Bay is improved by cutting out self-set sycamore on Dial Hill.

Dial Hill – cutting back encroaching bramble to increase the area of restored grassland