Wednesday 29 December 2010

Foggy woodland work

Today was one of those days when the fog never lifted, but our friend Jim was visiting, so we got on with the work, dealing with some of the remaining edge trees. Jim was cutting Hazel using hand tools:


and also pulling on ropes for trees I was felling on the opposite side:

Hazel takes a long time to process after felling, and Jim made good progress on these stools, leaving the larger stems to be chainsawed later.

Over on my side, here's a view from a few days ago:

and here it is today:

It's important to get most of these edge trees down, as otherwise they'll shade the wood too much, negating some of the wildlife benefits of coppicing, and slowing down the regrowth of the trees.


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