This was just as well , as this was another Fletching beast, aka as Frank puts it , an interesting hedge , consisting of overstood hazel, over mature brittle hawthorn, some holly and a bit of large field maple, which gave all a good workout.
Cutters as ever ranged in experience and ages, but worked collaboratively to produce another massive amount of brash and get the hedge down. It was particularly pleasing to see Tim and Roger back, who were able to assist less experienced cutters.Alan Ashby and his chainsaw provided invaluable assistance and guidance .
Last year trainees of Tim, Oliver and Iain got stuck in and seemed unfazed by the beast in front of them.
Thankfully Chairman took on the big stuff down the right flank and gave his Husqvarna chainsaw a good work out.
Tremendous foot and drinks were put on by the landowner and his team, which was gratefully devoured by cutters.
This event was able to take place during Lockdown 2 after receiving information from the Voluntary Conservation Trust and taking a close look at the latest Lockdown legislation.
Major thanks to Frank and Phil, who found the hedge , liaised with the landowner, arranged the stakes and binders, set out the cants , got the show van into position and generally made sure it all happened, as well as tackled particularly hard cants.