Raw Nook (Railway Terrace)

Friday 23rd February, 2018
off Lockwood Street, Low Moor

It was great to be able to work with the Low Moor and Oakenshaw Conservation group today, helping their efforts to preserve the lowland heath in Low Moor. This habitat is rare nationally and globally, and particularly uncommon in the north of England. Birch saplings had covered large areas  of the heather so our job was to remove them. Some larger ones were sawn, but where possible we used mattocks to grub out the roots to reduce the regrowth. 

 Countryside Service were also working on site to remove a few larger trees to allow light on the heather. We couldn’t resist harvesting some bark as good kindling for the kelly kettle, thanks to Tim’s ingenious draw knife. We also took a few logs for the charcoal pile – an exhausting push and carry through the meadow at the end of a physical task.