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“Gleaning” firewood in the Bovey Valley at Pullabrook Woods

Following on from this winters harvesting work in Pullabrook Wood as part of our restoration work we have been undertaking a bit of clear up with volunteers from the Wildlife Hit Squad. The work is intended to help prepare the site in the hope of stimulating greater populations of common dog violets, an important food plant for some species of butterflies.  It was clear after a few events earlier in the year there was quite a bit of firewood to be “gleaned” as part of the clear up and we felt it worthwhile trying to share this bounty.

Gleaning (formerly ‘leasing’) is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest. Some ancient cultures promoted gleaning as an early form of a welfare system.

With help from a short article in the local Lustleigh Parish Magazine (Thanks  Bill) we organised a firewood amnesty for locals to come and collect and share the wood. The harvesting contractors who worked with us this winter Sam and Barry run a firewood business and they have a small mobile firewood processor. We set the processor up in the car park  and throughout the day about 12 people arrived to collect the “bounty” to share around the village.

Back in the woods volunteers from the Plymouth Green Team who are all students from Plymouth University helped us load up trailer loads of wood for processing, so a really big thank you to you guys…

A few images from the day

Sam in charge of operations

Sam in charge of operations

Sam and Barry processing firewood with there nifty machine..

Sam and Barry processing firewood with there nifty machine..

Fill your boots

Fill your boots

We filled some really big "boots" directly

We filled some really big “boots” directly

Bovey Valley Car Park sign promoting up and coming events.  Next event Charcoal and traditional Crafts Weekend on 11th and 12th April 2015, hope to see you there...

Bovey Valley Car Park sign promoting up and coming events. Next event Charcoal and traditional Crafts Weekend on 11th and 12th April 2015, hope to see you there…

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