July 8 2010 – Following on from worked started by Essex County Council volunteers, the regular Countrycare Volunteers begin their work in Apes Grove. As you can see great progress was made on the construction of a new boardwalk. The plan for this section of the wood is to now allow it to lie wet. Ditches which have already become blocked within the wood will be left and trees will be cleared to create a open glade within this part of the wood. New benches, signs and waymarkers are also programmed to be installed this summer.
Later in the year, small scale coppice management is planned. This will make the wood more inviting to visitors and improve the prospects of the bluebells and other wildlife.
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