Ruxley team in coppicing action to maintain reedbed

Martin Watts reports on yesterday’s action (Jan 18th) from Ruxley Gravel Pits SSSI, just over the Bexley border in Bromley:

‘Sunday morning saw a light drizzle but it didn’t deter a party of nine from getting stuck into the re-growing willow saplings. The sun soon shone through and a large amount of the re-growth was cut back to allow the Common Reed (Phragmites) to thrive. A short break for lunch by the weir was followed by a rapid return to work as it was too cold to sit for long. It was a beautiful picturesque spring like day the only downside was being able to see how much more needs doing.’

Getting stuck in to coppicing work at Ruxley

Getting stuck in to coppicing work at Ruxley

Timber!

Timber!

Lots done ....

Lots done ….

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