The stormy weather before Christmas brought down a few trees on our reserves. This has kept Steph our Wildlife Trust Officer busy clearing paths.
On Ystradfawr a tree blocked the path from Station Road. It was also covered with ivy which made it harder to negotiate. Lorna and Steph spent a morning tackling this then went on to clear more of the access track through the reserve.
At Pwll Y Wrach the root ball of an oak was loosened by heavy rain resulting in the tree falling across the easy access path. This was wedged in tree on the opposite side and supported on its own branches so that it was passable and not going any where. However this was not good long term. Steph’s skilful cutting preserved the handrail underneath as she dismembered it.
The summer took its toll on our tools with many rakes losing teeth! We are thankful to have developed good relationships with local tradespeople who very kindly repair equipment as well as creating items from unwanted wood in the tool store. One such kind tradesman, John not only fixes our rakes and other equipment but also makes bird and bat boxes and hedgehog hotels. What would we do without these people? Thank you John and the other tradespeople who give their time!
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