Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hedging - Dead hedging and video

2.12.2013 Near classic caravan -
 to use up brash from coppiced sycamore cluster and let in more light.

29.10.2013: Near  Pitch "Brock" to let more light in
 and repair 6 metres of  broken, untidy fencing next to the farmers' field.

Brushwood for the fence repair

 Stakes in, ready for the waste brushwood.

A couple of trailer loads of dead wood for logs

Finished hedge repair

Pitch Burn 17.10.2013:-

Sycamore in this case.

6.9.2013  from this tree top  "brush" 

making stakes for the hedges

13.6.2013 sycamore prunings to convert to:-

...to the start of a new dead hedge at a new pitch.

From piles of prunings

Hammering stakes in

To "Pitch" windbreaks

and privacy screens 

and bird nesting hedges

Monday, October 28, 2013

Autumn camp - Trees and Pitch grass cutting

Entrance to Campsite - 
Autumn sun

Pitch " Rag"- still cutting the grass 28.10.2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tree regeneration - Coppicing, saplings and seeds

Acorn germinating

If the acorns float in a bucket of water, 
they won't germinate, so only bother with those that sink.
Sessile oak and acorn

 Coppiced lime


Our main tree generating is "Coppicing" but we have also, in the past, planted saplings.
So here's a third method, germinating a few acorns from a Sessile oak.

Saturday, October 19, 2013


A previously coppiced and regenerated sycamore tree

3 offshoots of sycamore (Pitch "Burn" in this case.)

1. Continued life of a tree, so it doesn't die of old age but regenerates from the roots.
2. Logs to cut and store for the following year for campers' campfires, etc.
3. Dead hedging for camp pitch boundaries.
4. Wildlife refuge.
5. Wind breaks.
6. More privacy/boundaries in some cases.