Woodland Thinning

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We have started thinning out the conifers in the mature woodland. It’s a big project, but after 55 years or so, since the conifers were planted, the struggling broadleaves now need a helping hand.

The conifers, I guess, were planted as a cash crop but they were never felled, let alone thinned! Strangely, they were planted within an existing woodland which, judging from the species, was a mixture of sparsely wooded heath and coppice.

Already, after only a week’s work, the ecosystem is transforming: with light now trickling through to the woodland floor. The oak, birch, and sweet chestnut leaves are once again shimmering in the sun – almost as if in gratitude!

The first conifers felled

Stacking at the woodland entrance

Before – dense and dark with conifers

After – a bright broadleaf woodland begins to emerge
Categories: Tales from the Wood