Update on woodland work
by Sr Anne Morris DHS
In the last edition of the newsletter, the thinking and planning behind the woodland work was explained and leaflets circulated around all rooms. A massive piece of machinery of tank like proportions arrived on day one, and there was a fascination in watching how it neatly cut, turned and sliced trees into logs that were then systematically stacked on the edges.
The logs may have looked tidy, but the brash left afterwards was decidedly not. But order is being put into chaos. As I write, the last phase of the work is being carried out. It's probably the noisiest of what has been a surprisingly quiet enterprise. A flailing machine has now arrived and in the course of one hour has chewed up assorted roots, branches and wood, turning them into a neat layer of bark. The dry weather has worked to our advantage throughout as heavy machinery has left a light footprint on the dry ground and we are hopeful that nature will have sufficient time to recover so that the spring bulbs will return. Replanting of the glades that have now been opened up will be another phase of the work.
'When through the woods and forest glades I wander
I hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees,
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook
And feel the gentle breeze,
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art!'