Hello, my name is Kate and I am the new seasonal Shropshire Hills Assistant ranger which means I do bits of work at both Wenlock Edge and the Long Mynd. I very recently graduated from Harper Adams University with a degree in Countryside Management and have loved being outdoors and looking after our special places since I was 12 years old. Some of you may know me already as part of my university course involved a placement year which I did at the Long Mynd and I enjoyed it thoroughly! So anyway back to a very quick update of what we have been doing recently.
Harley bank work
We made use of the road closure on Harley bank recently to manage the woodland and vegetation at the road side. Full time volunteers at Carding Mill Valley, Rob and Charis, came over at short notice to help us and contractors, Jay and Seamus to get the job done. We normally cut it back on an 8 year cycle but with the road being closed for resurfacing we couldn’t miss the opportunity. Some of the trees had sun bows on them and were leaning out across the road so we took those out as well as cutting back coppice regrowth of Hazel, Elm and Ash. It wasn’t easy, over the three and a half days we put around 13 tonnes of vegetation through the chipper and had to fight our way through brambles and dog rose, but it looks great now it’s done and we can forget about it for another 8 years!
Three metre cordwood lengths are starting to go out to customers who ordered over the summer to stock up for winter. However we don’t have the capacity to do any split logs. Fire wood sales are important as they contribute to the woodland management costs and it is all sold locally so the delivery has a low carbon footprint.
Me and Al could really do with a hand with the conservation and engagement work at Wenlock Edge so we are busy working away on some volunteer role profiles. So watch this space for more information and let us know if you would like to become part of the team and get involved with looking after Wenlock Edge.