This winters harvesting has been focussed along the riverside track. We are trying to clear a lot of the smaller riverside conifers which will reduce the need for undertaking future felling operations from the riverside track. In a number of places we wont need to re-visit these areas with large forest machinery at all. Once this winters work is complete we hope to avoid returning to the river side with big forest machinery for 5 to 10 years.
The felling work has opened up the track quite dramatically in some areas and this will increase light levels for a whole range of important species which favour the “semi-natural” structure of the riverside corridor.
The felling work is now virtually complete and we will over the next week begin the big “tidy” up and then to repair and re-surface the riverside track so is a bit more “friendly” to walkers, cyclists , riders. We have been ably assisted in this task by Devon County and the Granite and Gears Project.
The felling work is due to be completed by 31st March and the track works a few week later.
We have been working with a local photographer Paul Moody from Drewsteignton over the winter recording and documenting this winters work, these are just a few images from this week. Thanks Paul you recorded some great moments, more to follow.