Somewhere on Exmoor
A beautiful privately owned woodland was next for us. Unmanaged for a while but now in the hands of a woodland manager who has put a 5 year management plan in place and will be working the woodland himself. It is a SSSI for mosses, ferns and lichens and the existing mature Oaks looked beautiful with coverings of ferns and lichens growing up the trunks and along the branches. We worked together with the woodland manager for a few days clearing poor Oak and some Beech to open up the site and allow natural re-generation to begin, with the aim of encouraging more Oak and less Beech. The beech thinnings were to be used to build dead hedges around some of the Oak seedlings already there in the hope of keeping the deer off and giving them a better start. It was a joy as well to be away with the lorry and not have to sleep either in the trailer or mess around putting up tents in the dark.......I always seem to be doing that! We were well looked after by the woodland manager too and all in all it made for an excellent job.