Tuesday, November 10th 2015
With heavy winds for the last few days we started the day by checking the reserve to see if there had been any damage. The volunteers split into groups and went off to check all the paths. We found and cleared one uprooted tree, a number of fallen branches and unfortunately one of our finger post signs had snapped off.
We then got stuck into the job of removing Silver Birch from the area around the car park. Silver Birch is prolific here at Foxglove and grows in really dense pockets. The stems grow higher than the surrounding vegetation very quickly and begin to shade out the other trees. In the dense thickets the trees stop any light getting to the ground layer reducing the ground flora.
We have to undertake a large amount of work each year to stop the Silver Birch essentially taking over many of our woodland habitats. The volunteers pull the saplings out if possible to remove the roots and if not cut them off at the base.
The children from the Dales School came out at lunch time to help clear up some of the trees that had been removed by the volunteers in the morning.
The brash was dragged to the fire site, processed into manageable size pieces and then burnt off.
The volunteers worked really hard today and cleared an amazing amount. Thank you very much for all your hard work and dedication.
If you are free on Thursday morning don’t forget it is the Foxglove coffee morning at Richmond Town Hall, please come and join Team Cappuccino for a cup of tea or coffee, a biscuit and a friendly chat. There will be the usual array of stalls, a raffle and delicious cakes. Everyone is welcome so pop in and say hello.
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