Friday 22nd November 2013 Rodley Nature Reserve, Rodley, Leeds

Today we returned to Rodley Nature Reserve for our annual contribution to the willow coppicing regime which is an essential part of the reserve’s management. The area has been divided into about 10 coupes and the aim is to coppice one coupe each year.

We cleared a decent patch in coupe 3, harvesting some for charcoal making even though it was relatively small. This was a job for saws, loppers and billhooks, keeping us warm (even though it wasn’t quite as cold as we normally experience). We also had a satellite group cutting some younger stuff for a willow dome in Allerton.

Always a popular place to visit, we worked with 20 volunteers today.