The Circle completed

We are again grateful for such a good turnout at January’s working party, and especially to the many new volunteers who came along to lend a hand. This ended up being one of the toughest of the laurel-clearing working parties, with a thick and tangled mass of dense greenery to fell. The scale of the challenge is perhaps not fully demonstrated in our before and after images, but the impact on the site is marked.

Looking south from the main path through the woods towards the Circle before and after work

Looking south from the main path through the woods towards the Circle before and after work

Before and after work looking through Penpole Wood towards the Circle

Before and after work looking through Penpole Wood towards the Circle

Views of veteran trees through the area, and revealed vistas to important ornamental planting have all benefited from the work, as well as the long-term health and diversity of the woodland in this key location.

Although we only narrowly achieved our target of clearing the whole of the area around the Circle, a great deal of felled timber had to be cleared and reduced over subsequent weeks. We are grateful for Jim Ellis and Norman Routledge for having undertaken this, and enhanced the finished result.
The event also saw the planting of three new trees around the edge of the Circle and within the wood. As noted last month, these will supplement the native and ornamental species already growing here.

The Circle looking towards Kings Weston House before and after work

The Circle looking towards Kings Weston House before and after work

The laurels regress between December and January

The laurels regress between December and January

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