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Tuesday Teamwork

Tuesday, January 17th 2017

Change was afoot today at Foxglove as our Tuesday volunteer team (with some help from the Dales School) started on another section of this year’s coppice block. The area we tackled was dense, overgrown and seemed to have a lot of silver birch regeneration – a problem when we are trying to manage the area as willow carr!

Some tree popping, coppicing and creation of boundary pollards later…

…and the area is beginning to open up.

However all the trees we take out and the branches we cut have to go somewhere! So some of the team were looking out willow suitable for planned work creating more willow spilling to support a section of bank along Risedale Beck and also were moving, cutting and burning to tidy away.

Elsewhere a small group filled bird feeders and checked on the ponies out on the moor – I caught a couple of them on camera as they came by where we were coppicing.

Ann’s tasty homemade scones helped to keep us going through the morning, but, even with this mid-morning treat, by lunchtime a meal and a hot drink (for me at least) felt well earned!

Thank you to all who helped today – we’ve got lots done and it just wouldn’t have been possible without you!


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