We’ve had a busy few weeks in Spud Wood, Oughtrington and we wanted share what we’d been up to. If you’d been to the wood recently you might have noticed that some work has been going on in addition to the coppicing and wood allotments.
In February staff and contractors from the Bridgewater Canal Company spent a day helping the Friends of Spud Wood (FOSW) and the Woodland Trust to clear and chip brash in Spud Wood. The brash is a bi-product of the wood allotment tree thinning work that the FOSW have been carrying out for the past 5 years and this had resulted in large volumes of brash within the wood.
The work day helped to reduce the amount of brash left on the ground. The work of the FOSW group helps the Woodland Trust to minimise the management running costs of the woodland and the work day with the Bridgewater Canal Company also contributes to this.
Last week pupils from Oughtrington Primary School came to plant some trees. Twenty children from years 5 and 6 helped plant over 130 trees including hazel, crab apple, downy birch, hawthorn, holly, goat willow.
The trees were planted to increase the mix of species within Spud Wood which was planted with help from the local community 20 years ago. The woodland currently contains mostly oak, ash and silver birch, and by planting other species this should help to make the woodland more resilient in the future to changes such as climate change and tree diseases as well as improving it for wildlife.
Joanna Yellen – Spud Wood Working Group Leader