The woodland boundary at Light Hall in the heart of the Rusland Valley was badly damaged and in need of repair to ensure the woodland was stock proof and allow safe access. Through the Coupes and Cords project, Rusland Horizons worked with the landowner and a local advisor to produce a woodland management plan which identified a number of improvements, including securing the boundaries.
After spending a week with local Dry Stone wall contractor Sam Robinson, Rusland Horizons Level 2 apprentice Tom Mannock was inspired to take on the project as part of his college course – Environment and Conservation at Newton Rigg College. Working with local craftsman Jack Holden they made the gate from an Oak tree felled in the woodland as part of the management activities the previous winter. The gate was installed and wall rebuilt around it with the help of the other apprentices. “It was a great experience working with Jack, and seeing the project completed is really rewarding. I’ve been able to learn new skills then use them to help protect the woodland for the future.” Said Tom.
Woodland restoration activities continue across the Rusland Horizons scheme area in coming winter.