It’s been on the cards for months now, and every time the wind picks up it brings to mind the mess that some of the old plantations are in along the west shore of the loch. Some of the plantations will require considerably more than a couple of chainsaws and some man power to get them sorted, but for the patch of woodland at Mary’s Knowe near the ponds, we identified an area that we could really make a difference on in terms of appearance.
With so much wind damage, our first priority is always public safety, so trees that presented a real danger were felled and logged. Much of the windblown damage was also logged, and the scrub that was cut from it was burned.
This time of year is the ideal time to be focusing on tree work of this sort, and we’re lucky that this year our group of regular volunteers has grown to between 5 and 8 people. In recent weeks we have also welcomed Katja, Steve, David F., Leo and Rod to accompany Alan, David A. and Louise. They’ve all put a shift in at Mary’s Knowe over the last couple of weeks, and it’s really satisfying work to leave a site looking so much better than when work started there.
With Jeremy, Neil and I all spending some time out there with them, we’re now happy that it’s been a job well done, and provided mother nature doesn’t decide to do any more felling of her own, then tree work should be done in this area for at least another year.
Next on the agenda for our group of volunteers will be more tree work, first at some of the Old Railway ponds by the new section of Heritage Trail, then hopefully back to a patch of encroaching willow further north at Mary’s Knowe. It is as always, a race against time. Once spring sets in and the birds begin to nest, it’ll be chainsaws scrubbed up and locked down for another season.