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29 April 2014

Staple Edge

Grid Ref SO647099


Another visit to this site in a beautiful location deep in the forest. We continued to open out the glade which was overgrown with young hemlock and larch. These were removed to create a sunny area for the butterflies. A couple of ramblers who had got themselves lost stumbled upon us so we gave them directions so that they could continue their walk!







Our ranger is pleased to demonstrate that we do have our first aid kit with us!

Luckily, we have only ever had to use a couple of plasters from the kit in all the years the Dean Green Team have been working in the forest.





All the small larch on the right and the hemlock on the left were removed during the day.

The ground is severely churned up by the boar. We did not see any boar whilst working here which is to be expected when there are a lot of people in the team and fires burning. However, the next day one of our team went up on his own to rake over the embers of the fires and he reported seeing :

about 20 deer

4-5 baby humbugs

4-5 older humbugs

the large sow


the most enormous boar he'd ever seen!






In amongst the trees there is no wind so the smoky fires burnt straight up.

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