Hedge Planting

Thursday, January 2nd 2020

Dry days are good ones to be out working on the moor. In order to plant up some of the remaining trees (donated by Bettys Tearooms), Gorse was removed from the moorland boundary. Several volunteers braved the cold winds to help with this particular project. This photograph was taken at the end of the day and you can see the huge pile of cut Gorse in the background.

A surprising amount was taken down to make way for the new hedgerow.

After lunch, a start was made on planting a variety of species in the new space; Wild Cherry, Spindle, Dog Wood and Buckthorn were some of the species chosen.

Nearby, on another part of the moorland, a job that was started a few weeks ago was finally completed. It was very satisfying to tick it off the list!

A small hedgerow was also planted behind the Red Oak at the front of the Field Centre. First, the area had to be cleared of overhanging branches and brambles.

The end result may look a little odd now but in a few year's time it will be a colourful feature and a great habitat too.

Staff from Coxon Brothers were working on one of the ponds by Risedale Beck. It has been quite a challenge for the digger driver to get to the pond nevermind re-profile it!

This artificial pool had become completely choked with vegetation and the inflow and outflow were not functioning properly meaning that it could dry out in the summer months. It will be restored and once it recovers it should provide a home for many invertebrates and amphibians once again.


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