We are back with a bunch of volunteers keen to start the first jobs for the WoodChips in 2021.
Split into teams in line with C19 guidelines, one felled dying ash trees near a busy woodland path, while the other planted the remaining Crab Apple saplings from last year's new tree stock, kindly sponsored by the Downlands Trust. Eight trees were planted and protected in the large and small orchards in Banstead Wood. In addition, supporting props were added to two of the older trees that had developed a sideways list. The naturally forked props were recycled from Hazel coppiced last year. More dead and dying Ash was cleared in the woods on the next task day, despite friendly interruptions from families out for a stroll! Graham Kenward
Fruit tree propped by Hazel.
Brief encounter: Andy sets out the tasks.
Cutting a felled Ash into manageable chunks.
Three of the new Crab Apples planted in the Banstead Wood orchard.
We are a self-funded group of volunteers looking after our local countryside in Banstead Wood and Chipstead Valley. We extend a warm welcome to those who would like to help maintain this important green space for the benefit of everyone. Here you will find details of WoodChips weekly tasks and activities. Check back soon to see what we're up to!