18th April

Although we had less volunteers today, nine in total, we worked on several different projects in different places within the wood. Tim went off to do a survey of all the ash trees – more about that in a later post – pathways to the east were being finished with chippingsĀ  and work was started at the landing area of Tidy’s bridge. Whilst looking at a hung tree and considering its future with James, a roe deer walked past and then completely vanished in a blink of an eye. We hoped it was grazing on the multitude of sycamore shots popping up every where at the moment but we suspected it was more discerning and is eating the emerging shoots and leaves of our more prized deciduous trees. It was much drier underfoot today, the sun was out and the sky was a beautiful delicate blue all morning, reflecting the carpet of bluebells.

constructing a new landing area by a bridge
constructing a new landing area by a bridge
This should define where the paths fork and make it less slippery.
This should define where the paths fork and make it less slippery.

 

The deer left only this delicate footprint before vanishing into the wood
The deer left only this delicate footprint before vanishing into the wood
A freshly sharpened axe head with a repaired leather beak - thanks to David Y
A freshly sharpened axe head with a repaired leather beak – thanks to David Y

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