28th November

It was a complete contrast to last week. The weather was crispy cold and very bright. The sun shone through the now bare branches at a low angle giving everything a yellow tinge. The volunteer group walked over to the area we marked out to start coppicing. It was the turn of Triangle and Plantation to be harvested which consisted mainly of hazel. It did draw attention to our blunt tools, a list of replacement blades will have to be drawn up soon and purchased. We all celebrated the fact that we were not building pathways for a change and the fellowship at our break time was buoyant. Perhaps because we are also looking forward to our woodland celebration too!

Mike makes small work of this coppicing lark!
Mike makes short work of this coppicing lark!
a pile of straight hazel coppice poles mounts up
a pile of straight hazel coppice poles mounts up
John protects the cut down poles by covering them with brash
John protects the cut down poles by covering them with brash
squeezing onto the benches - it was a good turn out today
squeezing onto the benches – it was a good turn out today

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