Volunteer working party on site

When we first took over the site we planted hundreds of hawthorn saplings around the boundary which we hope will one day grow into a fine traditional hedge and enhance the biodiversity of the site.

The saplings – also known as ‘whips’ – were protected by plastic sleeves to protect them from grazing deer and rabbits. Now, 3 years later, the whips are starting to outgrow their sleeves so we decided it was time to remove them.

With hundreds of them in place it was a pretty labour intensive task, so a volunteer party of directors and friends and family, led by Kate Chapman, got together this weekend on a lovely sunny day to carry out the work.

We also took the opportunity to repair and refix the fine mesh rabbit fencing/windbreak which has broken away from the wire mesh sheep fence in quite a few places.