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More Clearing Up

Tuesday, December 7th 2021

Storm Arwen left a great deal of damage across the reserve.  The trees in the plantation are now safe.  The amount of clearing up will take a considerable time.  Getting to this area, probably the furthest point from the Field Centre, is not easy and the terrain is rough.  Many thanks to the staff and volunteers who have already made a start to this work.

The Hazel Bank along Risedale Beck is in the process of being coppiced.  This invloves either cutting the Hazel trees to ground level or choosing certain stems to be removed whilst leaving others to grow, as can be seen below.  Coppicing encourages new growth and helps the trees to remain strong and healthy.  This opens up the canopy for the spring flowers to develop.  There is pressure to get the work in this area completed before Primrose, Wild Garlic and Bluebell leaves start to show themselves. It also creates new habitats with shady glades suitable for butterflies and insects to sunbathe.

Work was going well but added to the clearing up is a fallen Ash tree.  Larger logs and brash have to be removed off the bank.

Weather conditions were not ideal as Storm Barra was approaching.  The slope is steep and rather muddy!

Outside work finished early.  Many thanks to everyone who worked today.  Not the best of days for a green gym outing.

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