Its been a great start to the summer! Wild flowers litter grassy woodland rides with floating butterflies. Bright wintery stands of naked broadleaves turn in to cool shady escapes from the intense sun. The woodland has become an orchestra of life with buzzing bees, melodic birds and rustling poplar leaves in the summer breeze. Along with the feeling of vitality, sun kissed cheeks and a superb farmers tan comes the horse flies, the midges, the mosquitoes, the tics and the intense heat.

But we take the rough with the smooth and so far this summer has been working out well for Treeation. These hot summer days have ensured the ground has been kept lovely and dry and access to the woods has been incredible. This time last year I was undertaking a survey on a block Semi natural woodland in Gloucestershire. The access is somewhat primitive to the woods and in combination with one of the wettest summers for decades my thoughts of getting any vehicles into this woodland and getting the woodland back into management were overshadowed by a foot of slimy, squelchy clay!

This year all is well though and Treeation have been working hard on installing several fence lines on the Brentlands Estate. All of which will be essential for keeping stock out of the woodland and allowing some regeneration of a woodland where presently no saplings are growing. This actually means that the woodland is decline and is dying as there as no baby trees to replace the older generations of trees. The saplings are favoured by ponies, rabbits and deer as a tasty food source as there are succulent and easily reachable. So far the team have installed around 800m of livestock fencing with another 400m to go. The fencing is constructed to a high standard that meets Forestry Commission standards satisfying eligibility for the English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS).

The fencing tasks have been enjoyed by the Treeation team and what we have found particularly rewarding is the knowledge that the “controlled grazing” situation will bring huge benefits to the survival of existing woodland as well as being a useful tool for ensuring permanent open spaces are kept well managed by a herd of local ponies.

The summer is also a busy time for pruning trees. We get lots of domestic tree surgery jobs in now. We book a lot of crown reductions in between early summer and the start of autumn. We also do a lot of fruit trees (especially stone fruit – to avoid the risk of silver leaf fungus) as well as lots of shrub and hedge cutting at this time of the year.