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About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.

I arrived back from Romania to find a number of trees had been blown down by some strong winds. The trees had been in full leaf which makes them more vulnerable because of the increased sail effect. Without the wood … Continue reading

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Romanian traditional rural life ebbing away

It’s been quite a while since I last visited the Matis family in Rasca so this May I took the chance to spend seven days with them. Their home is also a guesthouse and is situated in the Apuseni mountains … Continue reading

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Ancient trees, forest law and foresters

Interesting blog from Charter, for trees, woods and people. The job title ‘forester’ isn’t quite what you think, in fact it is a person that had and can have a very varied job for the King no less. In the … Continue reading

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You sow the seeds and wait and see what turns up in June

A long time ago, thirty years actually, I walked down the South Avenue and it was bare. Small lime trees were struggling for life, hedges were succumbing to glyphosphate (well the hawthorn was) and the grassland  was full of creeping … Continue reading

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Making hay with Vikings, Norway

  Making hay with Vikings by Shane O’Reilly At about the age of twelve I recall my mother explaining to me the reason for algebra and how, suddenly, the penny dropped and its usefulness became clear. I experienced a similar moment … Continue reading

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Wimpole Scythe Festival 2017

So which bit of grassland this year? Well it had to be back at the Folly Field. The countryside team spent a large part of the week leading up the Scythe Festival event mowing all the large and small plots. … Continue reading

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May and the mulberry tree

How lovely it is to work in the old Victorian forge especially with people who are willing students. For my part, in between helping, I forged a small peening hammer. It’s a joy to make your own tools and one … Continue reading

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The 13th West Country scythe festival 2017

As usual there were hundreds of stalls plying many wares, the coppersmith was a new one for me and I was rather taken by the bath! Andy Harris is the coppersmith. This year there seemed to be quite a lot … Continue reading

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Part two, the Estonian Nedrema wooded meadow

Below is some information from wiki about the wooded meadows in Estonia and also information about the Nedrema Wooded meadow. Also named wood-meadows, park meadows or forest meadows these ecosystems are in the temporal forest regions. They are sparse natural stands with a … Continue reading

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Part one of a trip to the Estonian forest meadows

Last year I was invited, along with Nigel Adams, to Estonia to help out and impart some of our knowledge in meadow management (including the use and sharpening of the scythe). Always fancied going to these Baltic countries so the … Continue reading

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