Tree Popping

Tuesday, December 22nd 2015

It was a bit wet and wild this morning, but that didn’t deter our volunteers setting out to the conifer block on the way to the wetlands for a spot of birch pulling. Mid morning we had a visitor, Alan from Nature Conservation Services, who came to demonstrate a new tool to us, the ‘treepopper’ which is a levering device for pulling saplings and small trees up by the roots.

After almost effortlessly uprooting several large trees he then gave us a dozen to try out between the volunteers. The consensus was, we were all impressed with the product and have therefore purchased several of them for use on the reserve.

We arrived back to the field centre, somewhat damp, but were greeted with a fine spread, a hot and cold buffet provided and prepared by the volunteers.

An enormous thank you to everyone who came out today in truly awful weather and/or who helped with our wonderful lunch.

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