THE ever increasing popularity of wood burning stoves and the cost of fuel meant there were plenty of takers when members of Lynchmere Society had their annual Lynchmere log day.
A steady stream of vehicles queued well before starting time to collect their boot-full.
The wood had been cut down, cut up and carted over the past weeks by a team of qualified chain saw users under the leadership of Mark Allery and, as well as the pile by the gate, several more trips were taken across the common by tractor and trailer to bring more up.
Birch trees are the first to reintroduce themselves into any space, so a great deal of time is spent cutting them down before they take over, but it produces a good source of sustainable wood.
In the recent gales, many were also blown over or broken and had to be moved to clear roads, paths and bridleways.
The Lynchmere Society owns 300 acres of common which it manages with a team of volunteers to increase the acreage of lowland heath and encourage reptiles, mammals, birds and butterflies. As the nesting season is starting, the regular ‘volunteer days’ are finishing, but will start again in early autumn.