Posted: 05/01/2016 at 11:42
Cut down logs could be used for a log pile on the edge of the woodland. Clear all brambles carefully, checking for hedgehogs as you go. Get rid of all rubble, shopping trolleys, abandoned fridges etc. I dont know how many people you have on this job, but that should keep you going until Spring. By that time, wildlife, may be moving around and save itself. Any treasures that could be saved should be coming up.
Yesterday, while I was out, someone knocked on the door and asked Hubby if he wanted the front garden tidying. He would cut everything down, dig it all over, and it would be tidy. yes, it would be tidy, but the wife would kill you, he says. There is a colony of ground nesting bees, hundreds of bulbs, frogs and toads, and lot of perennials that will emerge in Spring. I tidy it very carefully. Scorched earth policy is out.