Nicely Dressed.

There is still too much flood water at the southern end of the North Pond Chain; finishing the willow coppicing at its outflow into the River Stour will have to wait again. I felled the last 3 of a 30 plus stand of tall alders growing along the stock fence in the northern corridor, and dressed the remaining stools instead. I’m leaving the twin alder for now (in the  centre of the first image). The coppiced alder stools will reshoot in spring and grow to a height of one and a half metres by the end of next summer.

The temperature throughout the day was around 6 degrees Centigrade, and the rain held off until late afternoon. Some of the puddles were iced over, so winter temperatures are finally here.

I finished the day by reclaiming the old crab apple tree (immediately right of the twin alders in the centre of the first image). Brambles (some over 25mm thick) were using the tree as a climbing frame, so I removed most of them and did some light branch pruning. The apple tree requires further pruning and I will do this over the next two winters. There is a good eating apple tree nearby requiring pruning; again, I will attend to this over the next three years.

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Coppiced alder in the northern corridor, close to the North Pond gate.

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Looking north into the swamp from North Pond.

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Looking south along the North Pond Chain from the edge of the Swamp.

7 Comments on “Nicely Dressed.

    • I agree, and particularly like the orange hats.

      Alder is the food plant for the caterpillars of several moths, including the alder kitten, pebble hook-tip, the autumnal and the blue bordered carpet moth. Catkins provide an early source of nectar and pollen for bees, and the seeds are eaten by the siskin, redpoll and goldfinch.

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