Hillball Track

Some hard work the last couple of weeks!

Hillball Track

Following the obtaining of a felling licence from the Forestry Commission I was at last able to make a start on the new track, essential for future management of the wood.  Five hard days of felling followed, over a two week period (you have to take your time at 53!).  Then it was more of a watching brief as Malcolm Hoskin provided a rather large tracked excavator to dig out the

Excavator at Hillball

actual track.  That whipped through the wood in a mere two days, including installing a new entrance off the top lane.  The wood is now ready to be properly thinned, with the firewood market the most likely destination for the cut trees.  The thinning will also be good for letting in more light and promoting a more diverse structure to the woodland.  Now we are waiting for some drier weather to extract the timber felled for the track.