Monthly Archives: March 2015

Stripping


A braw day at Wimpole today stripping bark off elm trees for rope and chair seating.

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Finnish the mowing


It’s getting to that time of year when you start thinking about mowing. Have a look at the Finnish way of mowing- is this style quicker than the normal European way?

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Pure folly


  Always jobs to do… for starters the small bales of hay had to be moved to make way for a container at Cobbs Wood Farm. Seem to be running out of secure storage space- not that the items going … Continue reading

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Belgian logging


It’s not very often that you find a video on Youtube that realistically shows you what man and horse can do all day long, day after day. I found out by working John the horse that he could pull about … Continue reading

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Why you don’t plant Scots pine on alkaline soils!


That’s a big pile of dead and dying Scots pine being removed. This tree is more at home on acidic soils but, luckily for us, there were a few Corsican pines left and these do like alkaline soils. Not enough … Continue reading

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What happens when everyone else goes home!


It’s that time of year when there is a frantic effort to get the arable soils into good condition and to sow the spring crops. Time is of the essence as, if you leave it too late, the yields will … Continue reading

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Frizzled


Having promised the Cambridge National Trust Volunteers that they could learn to lay hedges I had to organise a suitable hedge for them. It had to be relatively easy as the CNTV would only be allowed to use hand tools; … Continue reading

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£25 :-)


The Woodland Trust’s Heartwood Forest is one of the biggest new native woodland plantings in England. At 858 acres (or thereabouts) it is one of their biggest challenges yet: It’s big for wildlife It’s big for people It’s very big for … Continue reading

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Sarah Black learning how to use John the horse for extracting timber


 

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Who’s the new kid on the block?


Recently Tom Swanbourne was successful in being asked to fill the new Folly Ranger post on the Wimpole Estate. His main duty will be to take  the general public on walks and explain the history of the Folly and adjacent landscape … Continue reading

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