Stepping up work in the woodland

Its been a busy start to the new year, and efforts so far have been concentrated around improving our woodland walk. We’ve been pulling pesky brambles and throwing loads of clippings through a chipper and as a result have tidied the glade areas and produced enough woodchip to cover a small country. We decided in the end, however, to put our plans for world domination aside and use it to chip the woodland path.

Over the past week we have been installing a set of steps to the end of the woodland walk on an area which was previously a steep muddy bank. The recent rain had definitely highlighted the problem of this section of the trail, as it had become quite slippery and potentially dangerous. We terraced 6 wide steps into the bank using wooden boards and tree stakes to retain the soil. We have now also wood chipped the steps and installed some planting to the side.

The entire garden volunteer team had a hand in this one, and as can been seen from the pictures below, their hard work has most definitely paid off!

 

Before the installation of the steps could begin we needed to remove several tree stumps

Before the installation of the steps could begin we needed to remove several tree stumps

Sandy limbering up with a spot of woodland yoga!

Sandy limbering up with a spot of woodland yoga!

the Thursday volunteer team laying out the steps

the Thursday volunteer team laying out the steps

the Tuesday volunteer team finishing the installation of the first three steps

the Tuesday volunteer team finishing the installation of the first three steps

All but one of the steps complete

All but one of the steps complete

Jamie playing hardball with an old tree stump!

Jamie playing hardball with an old tree stump!

with the retaining wood in place we just needed to back fill, for this we used a pile of old turves we had lying around

with the retaining wood in place we just needed to back fill, for this we used a pile of old turves we had lying around

steps wood chipped to give a nicer walking surface

steps wood chipped to give a nicer walking surface

the Tuesday volunteers installing a low dead hedge to the side of the steps for soil retention and to improve the look!

the Tuesday volunteers installing a low dead hedge to the side of the steps for soil retention and to improve the look!

all done! the volunteers survey the product of their hard graft!

all done! the volunteers survey the product of their hard graft!

Awesome I’m sure you’d agree! Check back later for the final completion photos!

The final product!!!

the completed steps, planting and dead hedges!

the completed steps, planting and dead hedges!

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