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St Julians

St Julians, Sevenoaks

More information about St Julians can be found here
http://www.stjulians.co.uk/webpages/tour.htm

St Julians is  situated on the slope of the greensand ridge in northwest Kent, surrounded by beautiful woodlands criss-crossed with walks. Today management  is being carried out in the woods with support from the DEFRA. There is Rumshott Wood to the east and Brimestonwell Wood to the west,  which cover 45 acres along the Greensand Ridge. These woods are considered  as an Ancient Woodland Site, which means that the area has been continuously wooded since 1600 AD. In spring the magnificent carpets of bluebells indicate the great age of the woodland cover.

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.

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