In the last few months we’ve done a variety of jobs but it has included a lot of treepopping!
For those that don’t know, treepoppers are essentially a large lever that you attach to a tree trunk and use to pull out the tree, roots and all, or that’s the theory!
They have been used a lot on the willow at Rhos Pil Bach where we’ve mostly been removing stumps that have been cut before- more wrestling in the mud than popping! They’ve also been used at Caeau Llety Cybi to remove blackthorn from the meadow, and at Rhos Fullbrook, Rhos Glandenys and Coed Maidie B Goddard to remove brambles, gorse and small trees. A group of volunteers from Warwickshire Wildlife Trust joined us for a muddy day of bramble removal at Coed Maidie. Most recently we’ve removed some quite large willow coppice from the pond meadow at Coed Maidie.
The storms meant there were branches/trees to be cleared at Rhos Glandenys, Coed Maidie, Cwm Clettwr and Rhos Fullbrook. Tree contractors AMEY kindly gave us a hand at Old Warren Hill clearing a large hung up tree and a large trunk that had fallen on the fence.
Other jobs include mending gates at Coed Maidie B Goddard and Coed Simdde Lwyd; mending the information sign at Old Warren Hill; re-routing the stream at Coed Penglanowen, as well as digging a ditch to try and protect the path from flooding, and deadwooding over the paths and road. The roadside trees at Pant Da had to be cut back and we had a joint work party at Pengelli Forest in Pembrokeshire, cutting the holly that’s taking over the understorey. A couple of the bluebell areas at Old Warren Hill and the trackside brambles at Rhos Pil Bach have been cut.
As a Christmas treat (!) and break from treepopping, we did some tree cutting at Cwm Clettwr: halo thinning the dense birch and willow around heather, oak, rowan and hazel trees. We also cut down some more western hemlock. Our tree cutting continued into the new year with some thinning of largely damaged sycamores at Old Warren Hill.
Thank you to NRW and players of People’s Postcode Lottery for their support with some of this work
If you’d like to join our work parties, get fit and meet new people, contact Em