From Lee Hulin – National Trust
I’m sure that many of you are aware that areas to the South and East of Rockford Common are due for some tree felling and thinning. This is to focus on Turkey Oak trees around Bigsburn Hill and to include a thinning of Birch trees adjacent to Waterslade and across the Highwood area to the south of the Common. There will also be an area of scattered Pine thinned on the Eastern side of the boundary to the Common and the Crown land at Red Shoot Plain.
The work will commence in Mid-September by National Trust appointed contractors, Wessex Woodland Management with timber being stacked into the former gravel pit for onward travel. Lop and top will then be cleared and burnt so as to allow for movement of livestock and regeneration of heathland plants.
The area adjacent to Bigsburn Hill which will be cleared of Turkey Oak will see the edge Birch and Holly trees retained, the aim is to allow regeneration of this boundary scrub and woodland area to front onto the open heath of Bigsburn Hill.
Some trees will also require specialist removal, for example adjacent to boundaries or overhead lines; these will be carried out by Tree Surgeons.
I will be keeping a watching brief during the works which will include condition and maintenance of track ways, access and safety. Once the works are complete I will then be carrying out a full review of all ditches, tracks and barriers going forward.
It is anticipated this work will last for approximatly two months subject to weather and ground conditions.
Please do feel free to contact me at any time should you wish to meet or chat about any of the works, we will also be aiming to make firewood available to residents of the common should this be of interest.
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Chair of London and South East Committee: David Coleman
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A special plant in our Parish
The New Forest is known for having a wide range of interesting plants, many that are found in larger numbers and better health than elsewhere in the UK. Small Fleabane (Pulicaria vulgaris) is one of them. This plant has its own peculiar requirements for survival and parts of our Parish are ideal for it. It’s not a water plant but it does like wet places and its life cycle is intimately linked to our large herbivores; the Horses and Cattle….Oh! and JCBs too.
Small Fleabane is having a good year, there are plants flowering along the side of the ditch that runs from (roughly) the phone box by the ex village shop down to the green by Mockbeggar chapel. It will be flowering for a few more weeks so why not take a look, go armed with a wild flower book to help with identification because it’s not a showy plant. Once you have your ‘eye in’ you’ll probably see quite a few plants.
New grants available to commoners in our area inc. Ibsley Common and Rockford Common
Please note these minutes are in draft form until their approval at the next meeting on 22 September.
Please note these minutes are in draft form until their approval at the next meeting on 8 September.