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Conservation Work - Past

Odda Quarry, tree planting.

we will park on Hillings Lane, in a gateway entrance to a field with a footpath sign.

We managed to plant just over 400 hundred trees this week.

Not bad given the terrain; steep and rocky. We are now wedded to our mattocks for removing vegetation, digging and as use as a make shift ice pick as we slipped down the hill. 

It’s been a fairly blowy and wet week, however Friday turned out to be much better than we feared and we managed to work through to our normal finish time of about 3 o’clock. 

It’s pretty hard work on the hillside, so it is good to pause and admire the views, the rainbows, the occasional buzzard and a violet ground beetle which was unearthed on one planting hole. 

Bowling Park Community Orchard

in the allotments on Bowling Pk Drive

Pruning in the snowThe covering of snow this morning did not deter our visit to the orchard, even if we were a bit late to set off. 

Unsurprisingly (to me), we didn’t make great progress with the floor and door of the Apple Store, but it was very helpful to do more measuring, adjusting and chin scratching on site rather than in the workshop. The issues with the door revolve around the choice of hinge and how to avoid the obstruction of the straw wall verses the design of the door (weight, using materials we have or buying new stuff, or keeping an eye out for a door in a skip!). 

However, it seemed a good day to clear some of the trees on our boundary so we coppiced the Ash by the Bramley and felled the Field Maple near the pond. Clearing these will help more light reach the tree and pond respectively. 

Odda Quarry tree planting

we will park on Hillings Lane, in a gateway entrance to a field with a footpath sign.

Birch and Field MapleWe just had two species to plant today, Acer campestre (field maple) and  Betula pendula (silver birch). 

Both species were guarded with taller guards and stakes (quite a challenge to get these in the ground securely in some places – we are essentially on the back slope of the quarry after all). 

We created a belt between the shrubs from last week and the main planting from last year.  

We didn’t quite manage to get them all planted so the remainder have been snugly heeled-in waiting for our next visit on Wednesday 6th February. Only 3426 left to plant!

Odda Quarry tree planting

Near Hawksworth

Today saw our return to Odda Quarry where we will be concentrating our planting efforts for the rest of the season.

Some of us, having learnt how muddy the access track could be donned wellies for the walk to site; others thought the frost and the dry year meant it would be fine. They were right. 

Luckily the soil where we were planting had been protected by the vegetation so we were good to go. We concentrated on the shrubby edge of the woodland, planting hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel and a few guelder rose. 

The weather warning of hill snow in the afternoon materialised with a few flakes when we still had nearly a hundred to plant. A final push meant we got all these in the ground and were back at the minibus as the snow shower thickened. Once back in town there was little sign of snow.  

We will return to Odda next Friday. 

Ogden Water, tree planting

Ogden Water, near the lower car park

We returned to help Forest of Bradford with this large planting scheme on the hillside above the reservoir.

Although there were spells of rain, we had great views across to Derbyshire (I think!).

We planted the shrub layer surrounding the woodland trees; hazel, grey willow, holly, elderberry and guelder rose. Once planted, a guard was placed over the tree and well secured to give them a good start. Welcome to Andy and Sylvie who both joined us for the first time.