We returned to the Reserve to continue with the tree thinning to allow more light onto the woodland bank and into the ponds. Coppicing the hazel and some ash on the bank has made a big impact.
On the woodland side of the pond we tackled the large overhanging willow. We successfully removed one large branch, but this was really at the limits of our ability and endurance with hand tools. There was one ash we had our eyes on but have realised that if we are going to tackle this we will need help from a chain saw (and operator).
Although things have improved a bit, there is still evidence of drug use. It seems sensible to seek some funding to buy in a cleansing service, a tree surgeon and some timber to place some of the benches.