Malvern Hills

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A lone black beech, Fuscospora solandri, provides the focus for a private restoration project.

Canterbury Botanical Society trip to Malvern Hills 7th March 2015

It was a damp and grey day when a hardy handful gathered at the Glentunnel Domain and proceeded to a property in the Malvern Hills where a private restoration project was underway. There had been 2 beech trees, Fuscospora solandri, left above a rocky gully and when one died the owners decided it was time to protect the last beech tree on the property by fencing it off and putting the land around it back into native forest.

For starters we looked at the plantings and the vestiges of native vegetation and discussed how best to manage the woody and brush weeds to facilitate the restoration.  Under the lone beech we had a further discussion of species choice as this is a hard site with thin soils and a north aspect making it hot and dry. The opposite side, already dominated by gorse is well on its way to reversion to native cover. Later we went higher on the hill to look at what might be lingering in the grey scrub and found some surprises in the scrub itself.

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