Hello again! Mark from the Coves Reservoir Green Gym here. My 9th week consisted of doing some woodland management.
With so many trees planted around the reservoir it’s inevitable that some will cause problems. One area of woodland was planted in the year 2000 and now the trees are 17 years old they need a bit of thinning out.
Trees too close together, forked trees and distorted trees are unlikely to grow into healthy mature trees and take valuable sunlight and nutrients from neighbouring trees. For the good of the wood as a whole, some of them had to go.
Cutting down trees, even small ones, is no simple task so the first order of business was to learn how to fell in a safe and controlled manner.
TCV’s handbook on Woodland Management had some great diagrams showing the different cuts needed to safely bring a tree down in a controlled manor. Check out all of TCV handbooks here.
Then under Rebecca’s watchful guidance, we got to work!
Bringing down forked trees was no simple task requiring planning ahead, good use of the tools we had and most importantly – teamwork!
Once we had brought down a few forked trees, it was time to consult the most important member of our team – ‘Kelly Kettle’.
We kept the fire going for a bit to keep away the midges! After a nice cuppa and some delicious strawberries, it was back to work.
Once the trunk of each tree was removed, we cut each stump as low to the ground as possible so it wasn’t a trip hazard and cut all the wood into manageable sized logs. The logs we put into neat piles to allow them to be used be local insects and other creatures.
Apparently, there is much demand as this little one was desperate to explore them!
Next week we turn our attention to the paths at Coves Reservoir, clearing away some of the voracious undergrowth that’s starting to overgrow them.
See you next time!