Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Broadrake Wood

Tree planting day and 9 field officers from the Woodland Trust turned up at about 10.30am on a beautiful frosty winter's day. Fortunately the ground was not too frozen so planting could go ahead. (Volunteers can stand down now.)
With so many people who knew what they were doing, plus us, things moved on a pace and by about 3.30pm (with a break for lunch of course) there were 600 trees in the back field.
There is a mix of trees and shrubby stuff planted in a fairly random pattern with open areas in between so in time it should mature into a really attractive wood.

For more pictures of the day click this link.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

The Trees are here....

Well our trees have arrived!
This is the pallet from Thorpe Trees.


Most of what you see here is stakes and protectors. The trees themselves are in two small carrier bags on the top. Since the last post there's been a bit of an issue with Ash which was going to be 60% of the mix. Now due to DEFRA movement restrictions it's zero and we have a mix of Rowan, Downy Birch, Willow, Hawthorn, Hazel, Holly, Bird Cherry and Lime.

The guys from the Woodland Trust are planning to come and help us plant on Wednesday 12th December but the worry now is that it is forecast to be the coldest day of the week and the ground will probably be set like concrete. So if Wednesday is out it will be down to us.

Volunteers welcome.

For the moment we've put the fencing on hold since the one quote we got was about £5,000. As we are now expert fencers anyway we thought we'd do it ourselves a bit later in the year. So we have made the field stockproof in the meantime by rebuilding the wall that was knocked down earlier to let the cows in. It's not the prettiest drystone walling ever but should be fine provided you don't breath on it.