It was a bright, sunny morning, though cold, but we were very grateful for some respite from the relentless rain which had gone on for so many weeks. Already we could see bluebell shoots springing up everywhere. Andy talked about the history of the wood for the benefit of the new members, how it had been donated to Oxford Preservation Trust and what BBOWT was hoping to achieve there.
We then set to work on the laurel with saws and loppers, piling up the larger logs and adding the brash to the dead hedge. It is amazing how tall laurel can grow, many plants being more like trees than shrubs. Because this wood was once part of a private garden, it contains plants such as laurel and bamboo. Laurel is very persistent and even a small amount left on the ground will take root again.
After a break for refreshments, we carried on with our task. The weather stayed dry for us and we began to warm up. As we packed up and made our way back up the hill to the road, we were quite pleased with how much we had cleared.
|Setting to work on the laurel|
|Cutting up the laurel branches|
|Petra with an armful|
|Margaret tempts us with biscuits|
|Tanya sawing down a laurel|