Location:Foxbury Plantation, Blackhill Road, near West Wellow, (SO51 6AQ - Blackhill Car park), OS OL22 Grid ref. SU298177
This event is in the past.
When: Saturday 2nd June
Where: Foxbury Plantation, Blackhill Road, near West Wellow, (SO51 6AQ - Blackhill Car park), OS OL22 Grid ref. SU298177
Task: Tree maintenance
Client: National Trust
Leader: Jim Coleman
To the north-east of Half Moon Common is Foxbury Plantation, 370 acres of coniferous woodland with a dense understorey of rhododendron. The trust acquired it in 2005 with a grant from GrantScape, who distribute income from landfill taxes. Funds from Natural England have enabled work to start on the massive task of removing the commercial woodland, along with invasive birch. The aim over the next ten years is to restore the heathland and native broadleaved woodland present in the 19th century, at which point the term Plantation could be dropped. There are fine views over the forest and out to Southampton.
On this task we will be carrying out important maintenance on the trees that were planted in 2014. This will include weeding around them, standing up fallen trees and shelters and mulching. This is vital work that is often overlooked after tree planting, resulting in many trees failing a few years after the hard work of planting them.
Meet at 10am in the car park on the south side of the Blackhill Road, about 800 metres south of the A36 Southampton to Salisbury road near West Wellow. We may be moving from the car park nearer to the task. Look out for the yellow flags.