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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Wed 21st Jan 2009 - Naturezones, Blackwater.

Naturezones in Blackwater was this week’s venue, which was last visited by the Green Gym in April 2008. The excellent turnout was good, as there were a variety of tasks to be tackled. A substantial compartment (posh word for area of woodland) required coppicing as the woodland in general needs work, but various licences and permissions have had to be obtained as the area is a SINC (Site of Importance for Nature Conservation). Now these have been received, it is intended to split the woodland into compartments and coppice one each year over about ten years. Other tasks included raking up loose hay in a stack (to be used to keep weeds away from the new trees), digging out thistles and although we did a lot of stream clearance on our last visit, it is beginning to get silted up with leaves again. It is definitely getting milder, as one of the trees by the stream already has catkins growing.
Editorial and photographs supplied by Carrie.......many thanks to her.

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