In early December of 2017, Hands on Tree Care were called to help a local farmer cut down Ash trees from an irrigation ditch at Barlow, Nr Dronfield, Derbyshire.
Trees Felled Around Drainage Ditch
His field was becoming waterlogged. The farmer needed to gain access to an overgrown and neglected drainage ditch. The access to the ditch had become choked up with small Ash trees. These trees had grown up in the years of neglect.
Young Ash Trees felled to clear the drainage ditch
We brought in the chainsaws and loppers and set to work removing the trees from around the ditch. This allowed sufficient access for the mini digger.
The farmer then started clearing out the ditch. This allows water to drain out of the fields into the ditch.
This sort of tree felling is actually good for the environment. It’s part of an age-old pattern of sustainable land management, that allows farmers to use their fields for crop growing whilst maintain a clear habitat for wildlife.
The border of the fields serves as a safe haven for wildlife, and the ditch helps the woods grow a dense border of safety, perfect for small mammals and amphibians.