Cut and Burn

Tuesday, June 9th 2015

With Spring now fully upon us at Foxglove, the reserve has turned very green, with trees and bushes growing at an immense rate.  Our volunteers and staff have spent a lot of time over the last couple of weeks pruning, lopping and sawing away, keeping the paths, tracks and net rides throughout the reserve tidy and clear of overhanging branches. This morning began with more pruning for some of the volunteers, cutting back the path behind the visitor centre and trimming the blackthorn tunnel.  This resulted in yet another large pile of cut branches.

It was a calm day, perfect for having a bonfire without setting fire to the surrounding trees, so the task for the rest of the volunteers was to start burning some of the enormous pile of branches that has been building up. Everyone donned their oldest clothes- ones that they didn’t mind burning holes in, and set to work, cutting the branches into small enough pieces to feed the ever-hungry fire. It was a very successful day, and we managed to burn everything that has been cut down so far.

Many thanks to everyone for all your hard work today; it is great to see so much progress made. 


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