December volunteer activity

Dawson's Garden. Photo by Sally DalmanSunday 8th December 2013 – Dawsons Garden, Vallee de Vaux, St Helier – 10.30-13.00

Coppicing hazel

From Jersey Conservation Volunteers

The final task of the year is almost upon us so come and burn off some of those Christmas calories in advance of the festivities!

The Details

Meet at Les Cotils Farm (Jersey phone directory map 8, J1. Head north from town up la Grande Route de St John, turn right into La Route de Cotil, just before you get to Motormall and Les Cotils is on the right hand side as the road turns sharp left). From there it is a 10 minute walk to the work site, so please arrive a little earlier, so we can set off at 10.30 promptly. Please let us know if you need further directions

The Site

Dawsons Garden, Vallee de Vaux, St Helier.

The Task

Coppicing hazel is an ancient woodland management system, which not only benefits wildlife but creates a saleable product. The stems of the hazel are cut back to the ground and bundled together for firewood. The light that then can get through to the woodland floor encourages wildflowers and other woodland species to grow, which in turn benefits the mammal, insect and bird residents by providing food and shelter.
Bamboo, originally from Asia and was brought to Jersey as a garden plant. As these are vigorous and invasive plants, they can soon become too big for gardens; they can escape into neighbouring sites where they start to push out the smaller, weaker, native species. We would like to remove the large bamboo clump that is growing on the Dawsons Garden site, and allow the surrounding vegetation to recolonise the area.

Tools Needed

As always, we will supply some tools, but you are welcome to bring your own if you have them. Cutting tools such as pruning saws, secateurs and loppers will all be useful.

Clothing Needed

Good thick gloves (though again we will supply a pair if you don’t have them), please wear wellies or study boots, it is a woodland site so may be rough underfoot and common sense clothes to cope with the elements.

Children are welcome to attend this task as long as they are directly supervised by a parent or guardian.

Refreshments will, of course, be provided, once we’re finished.