The task on the day had changed slightly from the original plan; working with Lincoln Cathedral, the Trust has designated an area of South Wood for the planting of oaks for eventual use in the Cathedral - called the Cathedral Copse. Oak saplings had been sold at the Lincolnshire Show to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest and the Battle of Lincoln in 1217. It is intended to have a planting day on 27 November. Our jobs were to dig out all the ash trees in the area (all suffering with ash dieback) and coppice all the willow. Then marked spots were dug and topsoil added ready for the new oak saplings. A mammoth task where probably close to 100 ash were dug and hacked out with spades and picks.