Planted woodland revival

Thursday, February 22nd 2018

Once again we were back on the corner where the Wetland and Risedale Beck paths meet.

Of late we have been thinning this area which was previously planted with a mixture of conifers and broadleaved trees that has become overgrown with Brambles and Gorse.

We have uncovered plenty of plucky Scots Pine and Oak saplings that have been having a hard time of it and are hoping that the area is now better balanced, giving many of the planted desired trees a better chance of survival.

We found a number of patches of droppings in the area we were working in; all believed to be Roe Deer. Strangely they were missing the pointed end associated with Roe Deer droppings, but we can't think what else they could be.

After a day of Bramble and Gorse bashing we were all pretty done in; sporting forearms crisscrossed with cuts and scratches, and hunched backs from ensuring Brambles were cut as low to the ground as possible.

'No pain, no gain' comes to mind, and we gained a lot today, with the area looking much better by the time we finished tending to the fire in the late afternoon.

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