First job for a new client – Natural England in the Meon Valley. Geoff to lead.
Two weeks to start and re-establish a rota of coppicing that is long overdue on the Beacon Hill National Nature Reserve on the West the Meon valley.
All Hazel to be cut close to the ground. Much of the brash will be burned on site. Coppiced hazel stools to be covered with a wigwam of ‘top and lop’ to try and keep deer from eating all of the new shoots for 2 or 3 years.
Additional bonfire nearby for pre-cut scrub.
All chainsaws on duty please and power hedge trimmers for any brambles. We’re bringing hand tools in our cars rather than the tool trailer.
Because of concerns about vandalism and theft from cars at Beacon Hill we will operate a rota of watchmen in the carpark. Two at a time for a half hour shift should see us all taking a turn through the day.
Week 1. Most of the team coppicing Hazel, no pictures yet, sorry.
Team of 3 split off to clear scrub. See pictures below .
Week 2. More coppicing done and Hazel stools covered to protect new growth. Many photos at the foot of this page.
See them in action In this video
Start of day 2, video. showing the scene of destruction.
Many pictures of stool protection follow. Your photographer will return in the summer to check for new growth.
Video of the scene – where we’ve been. at the end of day 2