Monthly Diary 2020

To see last year’s work go to Diary 2019

June 2020

Clevedon School – clearing back encroaching vegetation from the seating area and trails

May 2020

Dial Hill – the area under two stately walnut trees and access paths leading to it are mown and raked off. Further up the hill invasive everlasting pea is pulled again.

Grass paths have been mown in the Millennium Community Orchard.

Trees flowering in Quinney’s Wood and younger plantings coming on well

Dial Hill is looking lovely in early May, especially thanks to all our work in the last few years. Two of us pull invasive everlasting pea while socially distancing due to Covid 19.

April 2020

Quinney’s Wood – the main paths and the areas around young trees are mown for the first time this year. Grass clippings serve as a mulch around the young trees.

 March 2020

Government restrictions on socialising, due to coronavirus, came into force on 23rd March and meant an end of normal Woodcutters’ working parties till further notice.

Wain’s Hill battery site – felling 2 sycamores growing on top of the wall. Brash is cut up for a habitat pile off-site and logs are also removed to deter the building of fires on-site.

Strawberry Hill woods – clearing up after a contractor removed a fallen beech tree  from the path. Ivy is cleared back to expose the attractive rock face. Small Holm oaks are felled to reduce competition for light with native species.

February 2020

Clevedon School – a large ash that has fallen across the trail is sawn up; sycamore saplings are cut out, creating a glade with more light and space for planting more native trees.

Poets’ Walk coastal path – cutting out invasive, non-native Holm oak with a pole saw and bow saws to remove competition with native limestone species for light and nutrients

Salthouse Woods – cutting out suckers of naturalised, invasive cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera); reinstating missing woodland steps with new risers & tidying the whole flight

January 2020

Pruning at the Millennium Community Orchard to reduce tree height and overcrowding of branches, and to improve tree shape. A fallen elder is cleared from the entrance.

A number of spindle and wayfaring trees are left uncut in the newly trimmed hedge. A few of the crack willows are coppiced to rejuvenate them and to combat willow scab.

Hazel coppicing in Quinney’s Wood. Hazels can be cut back on a 7-year rotation to provide a succession of habitat and to allow more sunlight to reach other trees and ground flora.

The New Year sees us return to Quinney’s Wood to continue cutting the top hedge.