Woodland restoration

Tree clearance, coppicing, bonfires!

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Project Summary

If you love the New Forest and would like to become an active volunteers helping us to restore the unique woodland environment of Pondhead Inclosure we would be delighted to meet you. No previous experience is required.

Need to know

  • Start Date: 01/09/2018
  • End Date: 31/12/2019
  • County: Hampshire
  • Organisation Name: Pondhead Conservation
  • Project Category: Improving habitats


Project Description

We run  an autumn/winter programme, involving tasks such as clearing small trees from track edges to improve butterfly habitat for species such as the Pearl-bordered Fritillary, as well as restoring the last remaining area of hazel coppice on the Crown land of the New forest.

In spring/summer the programme is focussed on the production of charcoal from the hazel and understorey timber that was cut down in autumn/winter. This ensures the woodland is managed in a sustainable way, while reviving centuries old New Forest traditions.

Both programmes offer a great opportunity to keep fit and active, all while meeting like-minded people. Practical experience is gained through coppicing, as well as knowledge of how woodland is managed to improve biodiversity.

All events are led by experienced leaders who will provide training on hand tools used if required.

Volunteers must be 14 years + for health and safety reasons.