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Coppicing at Hilfield Park Reservoir

10 October 19

Coppicing at Hilfield Park Reservoir

We teamed up with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) for another volunteer work party at Hilfield Park Reservoir, Watford.

Eight eager volunteers assembled at the bottom of the reservoir where Tom from HMWT introduced the site and the activities for the day (along with a safety brief). The activities for the day were to coppice trees along the west edge and create dead hedges from the branches. Coppicing entails us to cut the tree to ground level to help stimulate growth and create a variety of woodland structure levels to help generate new habitats.

The morning began the team splitting up into smaller groups/pairs to work on different trees in the selected area.

The team hard at work in the morning

After lunch, the branches were cut down to smaller sizes to allow us to weave them through each other to create a dead hedge next to the coppiced trees. This is great for wildlife as it provides shelter and protection for small mammals and birds and creates a new habitat for insects. It also protects the coppiced trees and allows wildflowers to grow without being damaged.

The team: (left-right) David, Laurence, Katherine, James, Natasha, Stuart, Freddie and Elliot

The team completed the task and enjoyed their day. Thank you for everyone who volunteered.

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