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Work in Progress

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012

With the days lengthening, the race to complete all of the winter habitat work is on. An area close to the lake was thick with Blackthorn and it was decided to cut this back away from the path edge. The photo below was taken at the start of the day.

Blackthorn Before

The volunteers soon got to work and a two metre swathe was cut back along both sides of the boardwalk.

Blackthorn Blitz

By late afternoon, the task was almost complete. What a difference!

Blackthorn management

The area has been transformed and hopefully in the Spring the woodland flowers will flourish here. Attention then turned to coppicing some of the large Hazel stools through the middle of the reserve. This was done selectively (younger stems remain) to promote the growth of the springtime flowers such as Primroses. The work is ongoing and will continue next winter in order to minimise disturbance in this highly sensitive habitat.

Hazel coppice

Once again, our most sincere thanks go to all of the Tuesday group. Thanks to Elizabeth and Ruth too who sorted out all of the education worksheets and prepared the display for Tescos. We will be fundraising at the Catterick Garrison store on Saturday, if you have an hour to spare to raise awareness of your favourite LNR please get in touch (see the events page for further details). 

Contractors are on site this week to remove any limbs from dangerous trees. This is only being done where there is a high risk of a branch falling onto a pathway.

(1) Comments:

Tony Crease responded on 22nd Feb 2012 with...

The volunteers have done so many high quality jobs another one may seem to make little difference.  But that is not the case here.  The first picture is a spectacular mess left by a contractor who was interested in laying the boardwalk and not a lot else.  The vegetation was trashed and in this lovely part of the reserve it was an eye-sore as the picture shows.  Now, like so many other areas, it is the subject of much praise and surely great personal satisfaction for those who worked so hard on it.  You are all to be congratulated; it is another superb job, and just wait till you see it in a few month’s time!  A very sincere ‘thank you’ to all participants - the third picture says it all!

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