Dry hedging in Newton Wood

A tiring day in Newton Wood on the main route up Roseberry making some dry hedges from cut sycamore saplings.

Dry hedges are basically a wall of branches weaved between stakes. They provide good habitat for all small mammals and insects but the primary aim for these hedges is to encourage visitors not to wander too far off the path which over the years has progressively widened. Hopefully, the woodland ground cover will be re-established.

Sycamore is considered an evasive tree in the predominately oak woodland and has the effect of considerably reducing the light reaching the wood floor.

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