Diary 2020

To see last year’s work go to Diary 2019

December 2020

Following the second Covid 19 lockdown volunteers can again work in groups of up to six. On Dial Hill marginal brambles are cut back and a smaller patch of brambles is cleared.

November 2020

Pairs of volunteers mow and rake up remaining grass patches on separate days.

A new Covid lockdown until 1st December is announced and working parties suspended.

Mowing the top of the slope above the Dial Hill cricket pitch. An area needs to be levelled off following the digging of a hole to make a cycle ramp in the informal path.

October 2020

autumn mowing and raking begins

Dial Hill – autumn grass cutting of areas inaccessible for tractor mowing begins. Arisings are raked off to reduce soil fertility and promote good grassland habitat.

Autumn mowing & raking of long grass & tree suckers in Quinney’s Wood is complete.

The Millennium Community Orchard – mowing & raking the orchard floor in readiness for the apple harvest. An area of taller vegetation on the north side is also mown.

September 2020

Quinney’s Wood – as the woodland matures, less sunlight reaches the woodland floor and there is less vegetation to mow. Three more osiers are planted, raised from cuttings.

August 2020

Late summer mowing at Quinney’s Wood to control tree suckers & rank vegetation

  Tidying a Woodcutter member’s garden in return for a welcome donation to the funds.

Working with Clevedon Civic Society to cut the hedge at Pier Copse and restore the view

July 2020

Dial Hill – mowing rank vegetation, lilac suckers & a patch of nettles to improve access and grassland quality. Remaining ragwort and more everlasting pea plants are pulled.

Mowing the orchard floor to control over-vigorous species including hogweed and dock, and to improve grassland quality. Cutting old and leaning blackthorn to allow in sunlight.

Although pretty, everlasting pea on Dial Hill is an invasive garden escape and needs to be controlled. Wild carrot and grass species thrive on a patch recently cleared of brambles.

June 2020

The Millennium Community Orchard – rank vegetation mowed and raked

All woodland trails at Clevedon School are made properly accessible again while hazel branches overhanging the mown area are trimmed and a patch of long grass scythed.

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

The grass paths in Quinney’s Wood, as well as areas around young trees, are mown for the second time this year.  Young trees are mulched with grass clippings.

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.