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Friday, November 5th 2021

Various forestry projects are ongoing and last week Sean and Brendan, Tree Surgeons from Yorkshire Tree Specialists (as seen on TV), were on site all week to help with some of the larger tasks. They began by felling a couple of diseased conifers that were right next to the path.

Next, they thinned out the Sycamore and Maple Avenue and removed Ash (with Ash Dieback) which left a lot of clearing up to be done by staff and volunteers. The timber was sorted into brash and logs. Some of the bigger pieces were made into habitat piles.

There was no need to go to the gym; some of the volunteers clocked up over 20, 000 steps during the day!

It was hard work but the autumn sunshine helped to keep spirits high! Living the dream some would say!

Smaller branches were processed using a woodchipper by the people who recently did the Woodchipper course.

However, Gerry was nowhere to be seen!

Out on the moorland a team from the Personalised Learning Centre in Northallerton were busy replacing tree tubes on the hedge plants (donated by Bettys Tearooms) after the Dexter Cattle on loan from Big Sheep Little Cow had knocked them over!

What a productive week! Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far, it isn't over yet as tomorrow will be the second weekend worky day of the year!


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