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Hedges & Woodland – ‘Steepers’ session
11 October, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm BST
An event every 2 weeks that begins at 10:00am on Sunday, repeating until 20 December, 2020
The ‘Steeper’s are a lively group of SSB volunteers who are in their ninth year of hedge laying and collecting wood for fuel. The group will be coppicing 25 year old trees, at Penstave Copse, to let more daylight get to the woodland floor. This will encourage natural regeneration of trees, and wildflowers, with benefits for insects, small mammals, and birds. The ‘new planting’ at the top of Penstave should become more like natural woodland, over time. To do this work, we have had to come to a new agreement with the Woodland Trust. We have updated Risk Assessments to take both Ash Dieback (Hymenoscyphus) and Covid19 into account. Ash dieback is progressively killing many of the ash trees, and as the infection (and subsequent fungal infection) weakens the limbs and tree-trunks, there is a safety issue. Wood made brittle by infection, can lead of unpredictably falling branches, and reduced confidence in controlling the direction of fall of each tree.
There will be two stewards for each session; encouraging sharing of skills and pairing inexperienced volunteers with experienced people so anyone can join in. We will monitor numbers carefully, avoiding groups of more than six. All are welcome – children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. We have a range of tools, and safety equipment, but advise those joining to bring their own work gloves, plus lunch and a drink. If you would like to attend a session please email Harry and Rowan via firstname.lastname@example.org in advance. The programme is subject to weather and liable to change. See the Hedges and Woodland page on the SSB website – www.ssb.org.uk/.