Diary 2017

To see last year’s work go to Diary 2016

December 2017


Improving walkers’ access on Dial Hill by cutting back brambles and lopping low branches


Grubbing out bramble roots on Dial Hill and planting wild bluebells in Quinney’s Wood


Quinney’s Wood – felling a field maple for added light, and coppicing hazel

November 2017


Planting 13 young trees to add 7 new native species to the collection in Quinney’s Wood. Overhanging branches & encroaching brambles cut back from the lower boundary fence.


The Woodcutters receive a generous donation in return for some serious garden work


Improving a view over Clevedon Bay from Dial Hill, with help from Malcolm Dowling. More brambles and scrub are also cleared to extend the area of original grassland.


A view of St Andrew’s Church is improved by cutting back vegetation overhanging a wall


To assist the Friends of Poets’ Walk, nettles along the formal path between Church Hill and the cemetery are brush-cut. Competing sycamore shoots are cut out from the thicket.


Clearing a patch of scrub on Dial Hill where invasive everlasting pea has become established. This non-native is already being controlled in neighbouring grassland.

October 2017


Clevedon School – further enhancement of the woodland trail area, and brush-cutting


After  a long wet period, the more accessible parts of Dial Hill can at last be tractor mown (mid October). The Woodcutters brush-cut other areas to control scrub re-growth.


Dial Hill – while still awaiting the late summer cut by the contractor, the less accessible areas are brush cut and raked off. The former sumac grove has been colonised by oxeye daisies and purple toadflax together with fresh sumac shoots.


Working on behalf of the Friends of Poets’ Walk in Salthouse Woods – repairing and clearing back vegetation from woodland steps and maintaining adjoining paths

September 2017


The Millenium Community Orchard – mowing the orchard floor by machine and scythe to facilitate hand harvesting of the cider apples in late October. A good crop this year.


Quinney’s Wood – late summer mowing to promote good grassland between trees

August 2017


Clevedon School – tidying the woodland trail, pulling nettles and brush-cutting


The main paths in Quinney’s Wood are mown again to maintain good access


 After a prolonged wet start to August, work finally gets underway again on Dial Hill

July 2017



The Millennium Community Orchard – the orchard floor is mowed and raked to control rank grass and weeds, and access is improved by cutting back overgrown vegetation



Dial Hill – controlling ragwort, annual sow thistle and non-native everlasting sweetpea



The Millennium Community Orchard – the path and picnic area mown again



The paths in Quinney’s Wood are mown and the new trees mulched with grass mowings



Dial Hill – sumac suckers have regrown since May and are brush-cut again and raked off

June 2017



The Millenium Community Orchard – the picnic area scythed and sections with rank weeds brush-cut to promote development of species-rich grass areas as wildlife habitat



Cutting annual sowthistle, everlasting sweet pea and nettles, and pulling ragwort and thistles to allow valuable but less vigorous flowering native species to flourish

May 2017



Follow-up control of invasive, non-native sumac on Dial Hill – using a brush-cutter where new shoots are dense and grubbing out suckering roots where plants are more isolated



Path mowing and woodland management at Quinney’s Wood



Quinney’s Wood – the main paths are mown, some hogweed is cut and raked off, and 7 new trees (planted last autumn) are watered and mulched after a dry spell of weather.



Scrub control on Dial Hill – clearing nettles on a grassy bank and under trees

April 2017



Improving reclaimed grassland on Dial Hill by mowing non-native everlasting sweet pea, pulling goosegrass (cleavers), forking out ragwort and thistles, and grubbing brambles



Norton’s Wood (Clevedon Court Estate) – tidying the bridle path and preserving a south-facing rock face for wildlife by controlling invasive Holm oak, ash, brambles & buddleia

March 2017



Continuing grassland restoration on Dial Hill – invasive plants are rooted out to promote the growth of valuable grass species and a wide variety of wild flowers.



 Another community project – overgrown vegetation is cleared along the Motorway bridge path in east Clevedon to assist the Land Yeo Friends.



A community service – The Hill Road Zig Zag steps are cleared of weeds and mud. Sycamore regrowth from trees felled a few years ago is cut back and removed.



Access along other paths in Strawberry Hill Woods is improved by cutting back vegetation



Opening up the main path through Strawberry Hill Woods to allow in more sunlight



The Woodcutters’ annual foray into Strawberry Hill Woods to cut brambles near the path, thin sycamore, cut back overhanging branches and remove fallen trees across the path.

February 2017



Dial Hill – continued grassland restoration by grubbing out of young brambles and thistles, and management of mature trees in grassland by removal of some lower branches



The Millennium Community Orchard – the orchard floor area is enlarged and sunlight to the apple trees increased by cutting back scrub around the margins. Brash is burnt.



Clevedon School – the 6th Form plot is cleared of major weeds to encourage students to get busy in the spring, while hazels in a coppice area are freed from dense brambles.

January 2017



A valuable thicket habitat on Poets’ Walk is enhanced by removing the last self-set sycamore. The remaining species are mainly hawthorn, elder, blackthorn and bramble.



Four self-set sycamore on Poets’ Walk are felled to allow sunlight to reach a glade.



Quinney’s Wood – cutting back the top hedge to about 6ft and burning the resulting brash



Clearing of non-native, invasive stag’s horn sumach continues on Dial Hill, arisings being burnt on site. Bramble in the same patch is also cut and grubbed out and the site raked.