Despite torrential rain at the start of the day Martin and Jim made a good start on laying the hedge at Standlake Common Nature Reserve. The hedge was planted about ten years ago along the southern boundary of the lake to provide a screen. Although the laying will result in short term disruption the long term benefit to the structure of the hedge will be worth it. The growth of the trees was already leaving a gappy open view at the bottom. Once it is laid the bottom and the whole hedge structure will thicken up which will benefit small mammals, nesting birds and invertebrates.
...it rained on Monday 26th so that the whole reserve is now impassable.