A welcome return to a local site we haven't visited for a couple of years. Today’s task was to introduce some different species into an area dominated by sycamores. The sycamores had been cleared to allow in light and make room for approximately 70 young trees of oak, ash, hawthorn and sweet chestnut.
We had our work cut out on this steeply sloping site, planting amongst tree roots into rocky top soil and found pick axes were the order of the day. To give the trees a boost we added some organic pelleted chicken manure and even managed to give them all a drink of water before the day was out. As for the volunteers, there was a free lunch and refreshments provided, thanks to the Club for the hospitality.