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30 April and 7 May 2013

Marians Inclosure

Grid Ref SO561121



A large stretch in Marians Inclosure has been coppiced during the winter. This was mainly the coppicing of Ash, Hazel and Sweet Chestnut. The team were called in to clear the ground level of all the brush which is now strewn about so that the flora can re-vitalise there. We needed to move the brush to cover up the coppiced stumps which had been left in order to deter the deer from eating the new shoots so that the coppiced wood could re-grow.

We continued with this task on 30 April and 7 May noticing the effects of the late spring over the area. It is good to report the first bluebells in flower on the 7 May which was the hottest day of the year so far.







30 April 2013

A dull and overcast day so the fire was appreciated. The following week on the 7 May, it was far too dry underfoot for us to have a fire.





This shows the first signs of the shoots re-growing from the coppiced wood.





7 May 2013

There are signs of new growth everywhere in the forest now and this day was a gorgeous day. Luckily, our Forest Ranger had remembered the sun tan cream so that we did not burn to a crisp!

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