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Archive of posts tagged RSPB’s Farnham Heath Reserve

Charities’ coppicing cooperation

by Rod Kebble Farmer Mike Clear and CRT volunteer Conway Churchill recently asked Mike Coates, manager of the RSPB’s Farnham Heath Reserve — which borders Pierrepont Farm at a number of points — if they could fell some of the coppiced trees on his land. Mr Coates understood the benefits of managing the woodland properly […]

Too cold to dig but snowdrops break through

by Rod Kebble Although the temperature at Pierrepont Farm was -9°C at 0600 on 4th February, nine volunteers were on-site by 0930, ready to put more hedge plants into the ground. However the ground proved too frozen to dig, so the volunteers fell back on the on-going winter Plan B, namely attacking rhododendron. The area […]

Rhodie rhestling but no firewood chopping

by Rod Kebble The conservation group met on 7th January and, as forecast, this was the first time since the CRT acquired Pierrepont Farm in 2006 that the working party immediately following Christmas was not spent chopping firewood because the farmhouse was about to run out. This was partly due to the warmer weather before […]

Leaves and trees fall in the autumn

by Rod Kebble The Pierrepont conservation group was back at work in mid-October. On Friday 14th, five volunteers were tending to the hedge in Reeds Left Field, adjacent to the Rural Life Centre and the RSPB’s Farnham Heath reserve, while another was coppicing chestnut in Tankersford Copse. On Saturday 15th, four volunteers made further inroads […]