Early morning rain had cleared by the time we started, and it was with great pleasure that we welcomed several new volunteers. Our main task was to tackle some of the small Norway Maple trees taking hold on either side of the western path, probably from seeds produced by a couple of mature specimens in that area. We like to keep this non-native invasive species under control, rather than allow it to take over parts of the Wood. Much of it was quite small and could be cut down with loppers, but some slightly larger ones required saws. A few were dug up with spades. We attempted to kill off some of the stumps with glyphosate plugs, until the battery on the drill ran out. Much of material arising was just stacked along the boundary dead hedge, but some that was suitable was saved for path edging and stakes. By about 11.30 the rain had returned and was getting fairly heavy, so we concentrated on clearing up. A few of us returned via the main path and restored access to one of the nest boxes by clearing away debris from council felling earlier in the year. By the time we descended the hill the sun was out again!
Thanks to all participants.
John work party coordinator