May to June 21st tasks include
- Millennium Wood grass cutting x 2
- Visibility splays strimmed
- Cemetery grass cutting x 2
- Cemetery - removal of overhanging branches from lychgate and store shed
- Little Green - additional bollard installed to prevent further erosion by vehicles
- Church wall stone abutment damaged by a vehicle - surviving large piece of stone re-installed
Visibility splays on the main roads
Millennium Wood Rides and paths mown
weeds sprayed on Picts Hill, HH village centre and The Pound
Clearing weed from the pond in Millennium wood - with volunteer help
Cleared ivy and bramble from the wall in The Pound
Work for May to include:
Reinstall stone buttress on corner of church wall on Turnhill Road
Remove branches overhanging cemetery lychgate and storehouse - chip branches.
37hrs worked February
Cemetery - grass cutting started
Millennium Wood - first cut of grass
tree thinning now paused. Will continue next winter
March/April work to include - clearing vegetation from Walls of The Pound
Weed killing along pavement between Manor Farm and postbox
January 2019 37.5hrs worked 113hrs remain. Work included clearing grips and drains in most of Parish. Felling selected trees in Millennium Wood - planned programme of thinning. Timber stacked for seasoning.
November 2018 37.5 hrs worked. 188 hrs remain. Diseased tree on Little Green felled and stump removed. Craig assisted by fellow tree surgeon Simon. Invoice for hire of stump grinder sent to Vicky. (More detailed report and photos see Oct. report) Comment by Parish resident:
‘Craig and his colleague Simon were doing things in a very professional manner, quite a lot of technical stuff and things like Craig keeping a constant look out for people etc coming on site when he was working in the tree and his mate keeping the road clear of twigs and branches as they were coming down out of the tree, all things that some tree surgeons are not completely on top of.’
Visibility splays at Long St/Windmill Rd junction and Playing Field entrance trimmed.
Drainage work: Low Ham, Long St, Morton’s Lane, Henley, High Ham Turn Hill, Bere.
Leaf clearance around Cemetery entrance.
October 2018 In early summer, Parish Lengthsman Craig, identied a problem with the horsechesnut on High Ham’s Little Green - signs of severe decay. (All of High Ham’s sections of The Green are owned and managed by High Ham PC) With its location surrounded by busy roads, it was decided the tree would need to be felled. The SSDC Tree Officer inspected the tree, identifying the cause of decay as Bleeding Canker and that felling was appropriate. The necessary permission was granted and on 29th October, Craig and fellow qualified tree-surgeon Simon felled the tree and ground the stump out.
When the conditions are right, a Wild Service Tree will be planted, and oak bollards will be installed to protect the Little Green and its tree.
June 2018 Activity 37.5 hrs workers 338 hrs remain
Vegetation management: splays, verges, grass cutting Cemetery and Millennium Wood
weed spraying Millennium Wood
May 2018 Activity 14.25 hrs worked 160.75 hrs remain
Accompanied Dave Vigar, Bryan Bartlett and Derek Davies (Highways) on tour of parish to identify issues.
Drainage work at start of month
Grass cutting in Millennium Wood and Cemetery
Clearing splays from Hext Hill through to High Ham - work will continue in June
April 2018 Activity
Drainage work at start of month
MW site meeting 10.04.18 attended
MW Fingerpost at Stout Hill/ Cooke's Lane junc - moved further back into bank
March 2018 Activity 38.75 hrs worked 0hrs remain
Millennium Wood: Brash from February work, chipped
Grass cutting - ground too wet/ soft - delayed to late April if weather allows
Drainage: blocked drains - grips cleared, rodding failed to clear drains severely blocked - jetting required
Vegetation management started
April work so far:
February 2018 Activity
38 hrs worked
39 hrs remaining
Drainage: Turn Hill and Bere inlets opened up.
Millennium Wood: Trees pruned/felled to increase light to Weeping Ash and Beech trees. some Hazel coppiced. Some brash left at den-building area, rest to be processed later for bean poles. logs from earlier felling processed. Logs and poles to be sold at a later date.
January 2018 Activity
40 hrs worked
79 hrs remaining
New grips cut and blocked grid cleared on Ham Hill.
Clearance of priority and other grids in parish.
Crowns lifted on eastern boundary. Brash chipped and and spread as mulch.
Grave cavities filled with stone.
Fingerpost installed on Stout Hill.
Large areas of bramble cleared - some small areas left as wildlife habitat.
Cordwood processed into split logs - covered.
Wynnstay sign removed on southern entrance to HH.
December 2017 Activity
40 hrs worked
119 hrs remain
Winter road salt collected from SSDC Highways - stored at Manor Farm.
Road drainage work including clearing. A further 10 blocked grids cleared with SSDC drain clearing team.
Playing Field car park fencing repaired.
Cemetery eastern boundary tree crowns lifted. Brash chipped.
November 2017 Activity
31 hrs worked
160 hrs remain
Craig accompanied SSDC team unblocking 20 blocked drains that had been identified as priority for clearing.
Further work on clearing grids and grips through Hext Hill side of Low Ham and towards Henley. more blocked drains identified for 2nd visit of SSDC 'drain sucker' wb.11.12.17
Road salt bags: collected and delivered to Manor Farm HH.
Crowns lifted along outer ride to allow tractor access to flail boundary hedges.
Invasive Parrot Weed cleared from pond with help from Amanda Chuter and Amy Jenkins
Signs installed at Outdoor Classroom, Woodhenge and Den-building sites - made using. Timber from MW by Craig's wife Rachael.
Boundary edges strimmed and leaf blowing.
October 2017 Activity
190.5 hrs remaining
Final phase of this season's vegetation management:
Grass cutting in cemetery and Millennium Wood.
Weed spraying pavement/kerbs Hamdown Court, Picts Hill and Cemetery.
Inspection of priority drains in preparation for SSDC drain sucker working in parish wb. 8th Nov. Budget allows for clearance of 20 drain sumps. 20 identified between School and Henley. Will take a number of additional visits to clear remaining problem drains.
9th November The drain sucker team and Craig on Fountain Hill
Crowns lifted on rides to allow access for tractor and flail for boundary hedge cutting.
Brash will be chipped at a later date.
21st Nov, 9am working party will clear invasive Parrot Weed in pond.
14.10.17 Cemetery mowing
September 2017 Activity
Vegetation management including:
Playing Field car park and BMX track - weeds sprayed
Millennium Wood - rides mowed
Top of Long St. Junction - visibility splay hedge trimmed
Cemetery - weeds sprayed
also: The Green - rotten bollards removed and 5 new ones installed