Following is a brief record of what the group did in 2014
Total volunteer hours worked in December – 79
Cutting scrub at the overgrown western end of Marine Lake and stacking it ready for the chipper. This Woodcutters’ contribution is part of a major lake refurbishment project.
Quinney’s Wood – cutting up and burning brash after crown lifting and coppicing hazel
Coppicing hazel in Quinney’s Wood. During the same session young oak trees were crown raised by removing lower branches and hedge trees were selectively trimmed.
Poets’ Walk – Coppicing sycamore with a cross cut saw. A thicket habitat for wildlife as well as views to St Andrew’s Church, Wain’s Hill and the Welsh coast are being restored. The two largest sycamores are retained to be coppiced next year.
Poets’ Walk – coppicing sycamore on Church Hill to create a thicket habitat for wildlife. A strip of young bramble shoots was first brushcut to restore grassland bordering the site.
Clevedon School – clearing brambles from the woodland floor to enhance the glade and also from along the disused and collapsing chainlink fence
Starting the new season at Clevedon School – cutting out Holm oak and sycamore
Planting an Elm sapling (raised from a mother tree apparently resistant to Dutch Elm disease) on Poets’ Walk as part of the Great British Elm Experiment. Read more in the Clevedon Civic Society’s autumn 2014 edition of the Clevedonian.
Collecting logs (by invitation of Clevedon Court Estate) after tree felling to clear power lines in Norton’s Wood by Hi-Line Contractors for Western Power
The more open areas of Quinney’s Wood are mown to promote wild flower-rich grassland
Veteran Woodcutter Cliff Beames planting “Beames’ Elm” in Quinney’s Wood. This elm was specially raised from a mother tree apparently resistant to Dutch Elm Disease. Read more in the Clevedon Civic Society’s autumn 2014 edition of the Clevedonian.
late summer scything in Quinney’s Wood
vegetation near the top hedge brush cut
Grass, tree suckers and other rank vegetation cut and raked off at Quinney’s Wood
Most of the Community Orchard floor has now been brush-cut, and brambles and other scrub around the edge have been cut back.
Salthouse Wood – woodland steps and the immediate area weeded, and 4 steps replaced Wild damson suckers and sycamore shoots from stumps cut out.
The paths in Quinney’s Wood are mown and branches trimmed back to give better access.
A badly overgrown section of the Millennium Community Orchard brush-cut and scythed for Transition Clevedon. Paths are now clear. Tree stakes on young trees have been reset.
The upper path to the Marine Lake thoroughly cleared of vegetation, soil and debris
Assisting the MARLENS by clearing the upper path to the Marine Lake
The main paths in Quinney’s Wood are kept mown with mechanical trimmers.
Quinney’s Wood – keeping the roadside clear of vegetation to improve visibility
MARLENS shed site before clearing
MARLENS shed site after clearing
The Woodcutters are pleased to be able to help the Marine Lake Enthusiasts Society (MARLENS) by clearing an area beside the Salthouse Pub for a new tool shed.
Quinney’s Wood – brush cutting to open up the footpath from the gate in Davis Lane
The main paths at Quinney’s Wood are mechanically mown, and arisings raked off.
Burning prunings and scything the picnic area at the Community Orchard in preparation for Transition Clevedon’s annual Blossom Viewing in May
Planting a Downy Birch tree (one of three) in Quinney’s Wood
Cutting out blackthorn suckers in Quinney’s Wood
Norton’s Wood bridle path is cleared annually of overhanging branches and other obstacles. Sycamore and Holm oak bordering the path are removed.
Hedge laying along the road at Norton’s Wood to block unauthorised access to vehicles
Salthouse Woods – three steps refurbished, a woodland path improved, and Holm oak, sycamore and wild damson saplings removed
Norton’s Wood – cross cutting a fallen ash for logs
An unauthorised access to Norton’s Wood blocked and adjacent hazel hedge laid
Quinney’s Wood – fresh oak prunings burning well
Quinney’s Wood – cutting up brash from crown raised oak; coaxing the bonfire into life
Clevedon Community School in the sunshine – cutting out sycamore and holm oak
Clevedon Community School in the rain – clearing brambles in a neglected coppiced area
Norton’s Wood – coppicing hazel.
Quinney’s Wood – Crown lifting on young oak
Quinney’s Wood – burning old and fresh brash
And a few photos from 2013 …
A welcome break in Quinney’s Wood – April 2013
January bonfire in Quinney’s Wood – 2013