Small-leaved Lime Conservation at Spring Park
To conserve an area of Lowland Mixed Deciduous Woodland at Spring Park which contains a regionally important and distinctive population of rare Small-leaved Lime trees.
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18/11/2013 15:42: The heavy mob make light work of extracting timberThe small leaved lime project at Spring Park took a step back in time last week as we used heavy horses to remove the timber produced during the coppice restoration. Horsemen Dan and Dave worked with Rita and Eddy to pull the wood off the hillside and in to a stack where we can easily get a lorry. This traditional management technique is much more sensitive to the woodland than using heavy machinery, which can damage the important fungi and other life in the soil, as well as the remaining trees. Machinery would have been almost impossible in this location anyway due to the location of the large oaks and the steep slope. It’s great to help keep this skilled craft alive, and lots of the WWaSP volunteers and other local people really enjoyed seeing the horses in action in the wood – where they look right at home!
22/10/2013 18:42: Climbing work completeJamie and Ben have been on site for the last two days carrying out the climbing work for the lime conservation project. There were a number of elements to the work and they did a great job of getting through the list despite howling autumnal rain!
16/10/2013 21:18: The chainsaw boys hit the ground runningThe coppice restoration project has started in earnest with the arrival of woodland contractors Jamie and Jim. The boys are currently clearing the understorey in the coppice area before moving on to the bigger trees in a weeks' time. They're chipping the 'tops' and leaving the stems for extraction by horse - if you'd like to see the horse logger in action, join us on November 6th and 7th.
08/10/2013 18:43: Lime lovers on tourSome of the people involved with the lime project at Spring Park travelled to primeval woodland in Poland last week - and found lots of small leaved lime! Rangers Luke and Zuza, and contractor Jamie, were lucky enough to be selected on to a course funded by the Polish Forestry Commission to study wood decay fungi in the Bielowieza National Park.
08/10/2013 18:12: Coppice restoration project begins!The West Wickham and Spring Park volunteers (WWaSPs) kickstarted the lime coppice restoration project today. The WWaSPs are old hands at coppicing but, as this area of coppice woodland has been neglected for around 90 years, most of the trees are just too large for handsaws and loppers. The WWaSPs did their bit, however, by clearing out all the young trees and low growth to allow the woodland contractors easy access when they start work on the larger trees next week.
25/09/2013 15:12: Visitors step back in time at Spring ParkLocal residents joined ranger Luke Barley to take a trip back in time at Spring Park. Our guided walk focussed on small leaved lime and took in the species' ecology as well as the way this amazing tree links Spring Park back to the Neolithic 'wildwood', the landscape before humans started to intervene.
We also studied the way that the lime at Spring Park is concentrated on a boundary bank which may date back to the Anglo-Saxon era, and learned about the strong links between Anglo-Saxon boundaries and lime, as well as the ongoing importance of the species in the folklore of many European countries with Anglo-Saxon heritage. Some fibrous bark from a dead stem allowed a live demo of the way lime was ideally suited to making twine - one of its main historic uses - and visitors were intrigued to hear about the common relationship between lime and monasteries elsewhere in the country. Monks preferred to site their beehives in lime woods for the superior honey and the fact that beeswax from lime pollen burns most cleanly in candles.
Finally, the group learned about the threats to lime here at Spring Park and about our project to conserve the trees, funded by the SITA Trust's Enriching Nature Programme. The programme to restoration coppice an area of ancient woodland begins on October 7th and 8th with a two day volunteer task cutting down small-diameter understorey; the contractors will follow the next week. If you'd like to get involved with the project or leanr more about this fascinating species, please email email@example.com or call 01372 279 083.
03/09/2013 13:58: Funding Boost for City of London City CommonsThe City of London Corporation’s Open Spaces Department is today celebrating the news that City Commons has received a £7,513.00 funding boost from SITA Trust for their project "Small-leaved Lime Conservation at Spring Park".
The Project aims to conserve an area of ancient woodland at Spring Park in Bromley which contains a regionally important and distinctive population of rare Small-leaved Lime trees. This species, once favoured as a source of material for rope-making, is now vulnerable due to its poor reproduction. The Project will promote its survival and regeneration by applying learning from recent and a Species Management Plan drawn up by the Limewood Working Group, which is part of the Tree Council.
This plan will guide the Project and ensure that appropriate management is used. Site rangers, working with volunteers and contractors will re-coppice lapsed Small-leaved Lime stools, layer stems to encourage regeneration, coppice and pollard other trees nearby, ‘halo release’ the veteran Limes and remove timber using heavy horses.
The team at Spring Park are hoping to get as many local people involved in the Project as possible. If you’d like to join as a volunteer on 7-8 October to help with the woodland clearance and learn some green woodworking skills, please call on 01372 279083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Luke Barley, Ranger at the City of London said, “We are really pleased to receive this grant because it allows us to conserve these important and rare trees. We will also have the opportunity to share traditional woodland management techniques with the local community – come along and get involved!”