Southrey Wood in 2018

Notice of Southrey Wood Workparties

Workparty times usually run from 10.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. However, any time you can give would be welcomed! 
Contact: Steve Green (tel 01526-398273; mob 07928053335)

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SWP 11031811th March: 10 volunteers turned out for the last official workparty of the winter. Work had gone exceptionally well this year and so it was really a tidy up session. Whist Steve took down the last of the standing trees and stumps, others fired the last of the brash and took out some of the logs. We even had time to clear a section of ditch and fell some side trees to open it up and let the light in.
Thanks to all the volunteers for their work this year. 

25th February: 10 volunteers turned out on a nice sunny day to continue work on Square 5. There was a serious lack of chainsawsSWP 250218 through illness and family commitments but although not feeling too good himself, Dave managed to fell the remaing trees before illness overtook him as well. Undaunted the remaining volunteers managed to clear the site of all the brash allowing the next winter workday (the last), the luxury of felling some nuisance trees in other areas. Geoff (pictured), once again made some charcoal.

SW 11021811th February: Another good workday saw 11 regulars making more progress on clearing this winter's target, part of square 5. Despite missing four of our stalwarts, the team of Nicola, James and Ken soon had a good fire blazing to burn the large amount of brash produced. Geoff had another go with the charcoal kiln to see if one days bonfire will produce any usable biochar.
For the most part the weather was kind, the couple of sleet showers didn't last long. However, the continuing wintry conditions still mean no wildlife sightings to report.
We are now at the stage of the winter where remaining trees all need chainsaws to fell them, with our volunteers with hand tools taking over (sometimes over-enthusiastically!) to dis-member them.This bodes well- we are well on schedule to complete the work over the remaining two dates and leave the wood in good shape for the spring.

21st January: The weather forecast was dire even up to the day before but the gods must have smiled and, but for some light snow, itSWP 210118 turned out a good day. 11 faithful volunteers turned out and continued clearing the assigned square for this year. Not everything was rosy as the fire took a long time to get started because of the sodden wood. Still, all in all, a good day.