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Post by Lord Foul on Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:54 pm

First topic message reminder :

well folks , after months of hunting, and many dissapointments

we have today sent notice of intent to purchase to the vendor of the woodland I recently mentioned, and instructed our solicitor to get on with things.

purchasing land is different to a house, and is an easier and quicker process generally, on average about 4 weeks

so........ cheers

piccies will follow when we get in , and I'll keep ypu piccied up as we clear paths, glades and do some coppicing.

the first year we have decide the thing to do is just clear the paths and some area we want as open glade....and then we will watch through the year to see what growing there and base future action on what we observe....

oh and got some grey squirrels (aka tree rats ) to

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Post by nicko on Sat Apr 16, 2016 3:26 am

Miffs, I look, I like to see where the smoke goes!
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Post by eddie on Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:21 pm

When are you going to have a woodland party Vic?
I'm ready when you are
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Post by eddie on Mon Apr 18, 2016 3:19 pm

Vic in case you're wondering.....


Your thread is here
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Post by Lord Foul on Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:10 pm

so I noticed... Laughing
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Post by eddie on Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:05 pm

Lord Foul wrote:so I noticed... Laughing

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Post by Lord Foul on Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:24 pm

I was told I had to appear au naturale

I only declined because doing so with any sort of forestry imlement risks shortening my enourmous staff.... affraid
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Post by eddie on Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:46 pm

Rolling Eyes

You mean a twig might be snapped?
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Post by Lord Foul on Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:47 pm

more a mighty oak could be felled........
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Post by eddie on Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:49 pm

Lord Foul wrote:more a mighty oak could be felled........

Hmmmm, you know the saying "If a tree falls in the forest but there's no one there to hear it....?"

lol!
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Post by Lord Foul on Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:07 pm

Just been given permission to pest control the entire piece of woodland for the time being
As each "lot" is sold I will stop keepering that bit, unless the new owner wishes me to continue...

target for next month....(hopefully) about 10,000 squirrels
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Post by Lord Foul on Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:08 pm

if a man makes a statement and there's no woman to hear him...is he still wrong... Razz
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Post by eddie on Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:07 pm

Lord Foul wrote:if a man makes a statement and there's no woman to hear him...is he still wrong... Razz

No matter what:

The man is always wrong. Cool
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Post by HoratioTarr on Fri May 27, 2016 12:27 pm

I was here at the weekend.

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Post by eddie on Fri May 27, 2016 2:19 pm

Looks nice and peaceful. Wish I was there right now.

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Post by HoratioTarr on Fri May 27, 2016 3:07 pm

eddie wrote:Looks nice and peaceful. Wish I was there right now.

It's a little village called Downham in the Trough of Bowland.
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Post by eddie on Fri May 27, 2016 3:28 pm

Looks beautiful Horatio

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Post by Lord Foul on Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:14 pm

thats a nice place to be ....

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Post by Lord Foul on Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:17 pm

ANNNNND


AT LAST...........WE HAVE THE KEY TO THE WOODLAND AND ITS NOW ours......

guess where we will be this weekend cheers cheers cheers cheers

first job...some "dead hedging" to enclose some 100sq meters (10 m per side ...about)

as a temporary "dog secure" area...whilst we get the fence round the entire perimeter installed.....


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Post by Lord Foul on Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:00 am

well we went to our wood last saturday

spent the day working on making the  "dog pound"...got abot 1/3rd of it done, making 6 m of "dead hedge"

me collecting the "brash" to make the "dead hedge " with



part of the 6m of dead hedge completed



scuse the quality of the pics, taken on a crappy phone camera

will take my REAL camera next weekend

was a most pleasant day working on using the forestry skills I have.

the wood is in the national forest inventory and is considered an "ancient woodland of unknown status"
meaning its been damaged/harvested in the past and is currently "regenerating without supervison"

it NEEDS "managing" carefully to restore it and thus become "regenerated ancient woodland"

so out will go loads of the pole stage birch, and IN will come native broad leaf tree saplings, like oak, holly crab apple along the ride edges, and so on, along witha few "specimin" yew trees. A lot of thinning needs to be done to favour the mountain ash (rowan) and some nice willow and hazel that are growing naturally.






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Post by eddie on Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:09 am

Woah. That looks like a big project.

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Post by Guest on Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:12 am

Looks like hard work!   But very satisfying.

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Post by Lord Foul on Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:31 am

I was knackered at the end of the day....

mind you I had to don the chainsaw safety clothing to get some nasty leaning and grotty pines down and it was rather warm .....talk about betty swollocks..... kevlar overalls, big steel toe /kevlar lined boots, kevlar gloves and a skid lid/ear defenders/face visor combo

whew...was I glad to get that off and back to normal clothes......

BUT it was MOST satisfying and fun


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Post by Lord Foul on Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:35 am

http://www.woodlands.co.uk/blog/woodland-activities/dead-hedging-wildlife-friendly-and-people-guiding/

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Post by Guest on Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:37 am

A bit like knitting with branches and leaves lol

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Post by Lord Foul on Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:40 am

yup...you got it...

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Need big needles though!!!

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Post by Lord Foul on Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:38 pm

Time for an update

warning ...long and picture heavy

well we decided that the parking turning area we has was totally inadequate ....sooo...a change is ordered...



I could barely get the van on it and it has a 15% slope....no good for a camper van No

so the decision was made...



and an area at the back



And RHS was opened up





Then we invited the big boys in to play




and play




and they dog out the slope to reduce it and made the top area flat for parking the camper on.


then came the stone




all 70 odd tons of it ...thats 5 heaps like is shown.....



then it gets spread and bashed flat and tight





result one parking /turning area



view of slope into parking





view of entry way onto parking





this was all done on 2 days 20th 21st dec. last.......


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Post by Guest on Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:44 pm

I think you have brought new meaning to Texas chainsaw massacre.

affraid

Very impressive how that was all done in a couple of days.
Is that a load of sand a few inches down below the surface?
Or is my eyes playing tricks with me Victor

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Post by Lord Foul on Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:56 pm

Then we needed to repair the cosmetic damage , and replace some of the trees we had taken out

since nov last year we have planted about 100 new trees, so I guess we are ahead of the game Smile

so we decided on some landscaping

so a fortnight ago and last sunday

first a scots pine hedge to increase privacy and keep out the eyes of nosey neighbours






a view back along the soon to be hedge




there is a very wet area along part of the hedge line, so we planted this with Osier, a type of willo that loves wet soggy soil




the trees we planted in nov are doing well if these fellows are anything to judge by





the wood is a haven for ferns (not bracken)




mosses



and lichens





and finally the wood is waking up from its winter sleep

honeysuckle




and bramble




and foxglove



It wont be long untill we see bluebells breaking through.....



and sunday we finished just as the rain started...

so rain on the pond on a neighbouring plot.....





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Post by Lord Foul on Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:00 pm

Thorin wrote:I think you have brought new meaning to Texas chainsaw massacre.

affraid

Very impressive how that was all done in a couple of days.
Is that a load of sand a few inches down below the surface?
Or is my eyes playing tricks with me Victor

no its not sand ...its "sandy clay." quite grainy but very sticky...

we were lucky ....on the picture with the digger on the rhs, in the corner of the LHS the excavating revealed a "seep" of clean fresh water....so we have placed a verticle 4" pipe in there and will be installing a pump to take water to a 600 ltr IBC container ...so we NOW have fres drinking water on site...(naturally it WILL be filtered and processed to make it safe to drink)

the soil is VERY good and a rich growing medium....

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Lord Foul wrote:
Thorin wrote:I think you have brought new meaning to Texas chainsaw massacre.

affraid

Very impressive how that was all done in a couple of days.
Is that a load of sand a few inches down below the surface?
Or is my eyes playing tricks with me Victor

no its not sand ...its "sandy clay." quite grainy but very sticky...

we were lucky ....on the picture with the digger on the rhs, in the corner of the LHS the excavating revealed a "seep" of clean fresh water....so we have placed a verticle 4" pipe in there and will be installing a pump to take water to a 600 ltr IBC container ...so we NOW have fres drinking water on site...(naturally it WILL be filtered and processed to make it safe to drink)



the soil is VERY good and a rich growing medium....

Blimey, what else have you got planned for the site?
Have you caught any of the wildlife there on camera?

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Post by Lord Foul on Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:06 pm

The two...yep just two, guys who did it were real pro's....did a brilliant job, in very quick order, for a VERY good price....

they are local to the wood land, and came by way of recomendation via the farmer who's land surrounds the wood.


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Thorin wrote:
Lord Foul wrote:
Thorin wrote:I think you have brought new meaning to Texas chainsaw massacre.

affraid

Very impressive how that was all done in a couple of days.
Is that a load of sand a few inches down below the surface?
Or is my eyes playing tricks with me Victor

no its not sand ...its "sandy clay." quite grainy but very sticky...

we were lucky ....on the picture with the digger on the rhs, in the corner of the LHS the excavating revealed a "seep" of clean fresh water....so we have placed a verticle 4" pipe in there and will be installing a pump to take water to a 600 ltr IBC container ...so we NOW have fres drinking water on site...(naturally it WILL be filtered and processed to make it safe to drink)



the soil is VERY good and a rich growing medium....

Blimey, what else have you got planned for the site?
Have you caught any of the wildlife there on camera?

not yet...going to get a trail camera and leave it behind for a week..

we know there are fox, badger, rabbit, and we have otters from the river in the valley just below come to shelter in the wood. there is evidence of weasle, and stoat.
birds include robbins, corvids, blackbirds, grey wagtails, long tailled tits, goldcrests, wood peckers (type unknown...heard not seen) and buzzards and kites.

as to what we have planned

well we have a composting toilet so no need for nasty chemical toilet
we have fresh water
we have solar cells to use on the camper van

we have wood aplenty to use for cooking

the van will have fridge/cooker/sleeping and washing facilities....

we will be spending up to 4 days at atime up there as often as we can

tyhe wood has about half its areaunder (neglected) coppice this we intend to restore to its prober cut/grow cycle, to benefit wild life (and my craft wood and fuel wood store).... there will be pictures of that as we progress....

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Post by Lord Foul on Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:16 pm

oh and we have a small area dedicated to fruit trees and bushes

and we have another small area that will be seeded with herbs....

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Lord Foul wrote:
Thorin wrote:

Blimey, what else have you got planned for the site?
Have you caught any of the wildlife there on camera?

not yet...going to get a trail camera and leave it behind for a week..

we know there are fox, badger, rabbit, and we have otters from the river in the valley just below come to shelter in the wood. there is evidence of weasle, and stoat.
birds include robbins, corvids, blackbirds, grey wagtails, long tailled tits, goldcrests, wood peckers (type unknown...heard not seen) and buzzards and kites.

as to what we have planned

well we have a composting toilet so no need for nasty chemical toilet
we have fresh water
we have solar cells to use on the camper van

we have wood aplenty to use for cooking

the van will have fridge/cooker/sleeping and washing facilities....

we will be spending up to 4 days at atime up there as often as we can

tyhe wood has about half its areaunder (neglected) coppice  this we intend to restore to its prober cut/grow cycle, to benefit wild life (and my craft wood and fuel wood store)....  there will be pictures of that as we progress....

So you are going to be very much self sufficient then?
Have to say am envious and talk about getting away from everything.
To me that would be a great place to have the peace and tranquility to write a book.

Look forward to when you get some more pics up and hopefully some of the animals

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Post by Lord Foul on Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:30 pm

I will keep you informed as we progress....and as the pictures build up...

It really IS tranquill....except when they start firing on the range at sennybridge... Rolling Eyes

but thats usually only one day, and not very often.....so I'll let em off..... Laughing
other wise all we hear is the river in the valley and the odd train on the line in the valley

and at night its dark....and oh boy do I mean dark.....dark like the inside of a black cow at midnight
cant see your hand in front of your face dark.....


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Lord Foul wrote:I will keep you informed as we progress....and as the pictures build up...

It really IS tranquill....except when they start firing on the range at sennybridge... Rolling Eyes

but thats usually only one day, and not very often.....so I'll let em off..... Laughing
other wise all we hear is the river in the valley and the odd train on the line in the valley

and at night its dark....and oh boy do I mean dark.....dark like the inside of a black cow at midnight
cant see your hand in front of your face dark.....



Look forward to the pics mate.

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I have a project for you in winter Victor... Smile



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Post by Lord Foul on Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:21 pm

just one minor point.....

we aint got the weather..... No

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Lord Foul wrote:just one minor point.....

we aint got the weather..... No


True, great idea though.

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Post by veya_victaous on Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:15 am

looks very wet

well, to me anyway geek

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Post by Syl on Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:18 pm

Lord Foul wrote:I will keep you informed as we progress....and as the pictures build up...

It really IS tranquill....except when they start firing on the range at sennybridge... Rolling Eyes

but thats usually only one day, and not very often.....so I'll let em off..... Laughing
other wise all we hear is the river in the valley and the odd train on the line in the valley

and at night its dark....and oh boy do I mean dark.....dark like the inside of a black cow at midnight
cant see your hand in front of your face dark.....


It sounds idyllic, and in the summer it will be different again. I would have to have a candle lit at night though....I hate the complete darkness.
It's interesting to see the pics of the place you have described. x

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Post by Fred Moletrousers on Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:16 pm

Great photos, old chap, and some fine maintenance work too.

I must say that owning or just being responsible for an area of woodland is a deeply satisfying, and also humbling in a way, experience.

I have about ten acres of ancient woodland, the only remaining bit of my late wife's family estate, that I inherited on her death. It has a few conifers but mainly comprises oak, sweet chestnut, ash and sycamore...sadly all the many old elms fell victim to Dutch Elm disease.

She was buried there within view of her old family home through the trees, and in spring she's surrounded by a mass of bluebells. It was her last request, and it's where I'll be some day - not too soon, hopefully! Meanwhile, I regard myself simply as the current custodian.

I can't produce a picture show like yours (haven't a clue how to download 'em!) but there's a small glimpse in my avatar, taken when me and my old Landie were clearing brambles from the main ride.
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Post by stardesk on Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:51 pm


Quote: 'It's a little village called Downham in the Trough of Bowland..'

Would that be Downham in Norfolk?


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Post by Lord Foul on Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:29 pm

Fred Moletrousers wrote:Great photos, old chap, and some fine maintenance work too.

I must say that owning or just being responsible for an area of woodland is a deeply satisfying, and also humbling in a way, experience.

I have  about ten acres of ancient woodland, the only remaining bit of my late wife's family estate, that I inherited on her death. It has a few conifers but mainly comprises oak, sweet chestnut, ash and sycamore...sadly all the many old elms fell victim to Dutch Elm disease.

She was buried there within view of her old family home through the trees, and in spring she's surrounded by a mass of bluebells. It was her last request, and it's where I'll be some day - not too soon, hopefully! Meanwhile, I regard myself simply as the current custodian.

I can't produce a picture show like yours (haven't a clue how to download 'em!) but there's a small glimpse in my avatar, taken when me and my old Landie were clearing brambles from the main ride.

Well Moley ...our bit of wales is only about 3 1/3rd acre but its got a lot in it, as said about half of it is hazel and birch coppice which has been neglected for a good while, so we plan to reinstate that for the benefit coppiciong brings, both to the wildlife and my wood store Smile But tis true, we are merely "custodians" when we have such a valuable thing to look after, and it behoves us therefore to do our best by it...

I will post pics of the coppicing in progress, as it happens, along of course with anything else of interest.

We have hazel, birch some oaks, beech, spruce (too much spruce if the truth be known...some judicious thinning is indicated), and mountain ash, with various species of willow. there are also some very nice dog rose patches and a few brambles here and there...along with a wide variety of woodland herbaceous plants.

We have planted field maple, holly, osier, scots pine, yew and yellow broom (and some apples plum thornless blackberry and rhubarb, in the small "fruit patch")

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Post by eddie on Fri Feb 03, 2017 6:07 pm

I'm going to come looking for wild mushrooms on your piece of woodland.

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Post by Lord Foul on Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:01 pm

are you "game" ?

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Post by Fred Moletrousers on Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:32 am

eddie wrote:I'm going to come looking for wild mushrooms on your piece of woodland.

Take your Observer's Book of British Fungi with you, or you could finish up in hospital. Or even sitting cross-legged on the ground singing songs about Goblins!
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Post by nicko on Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:32 pm

Game or not, is she in season?
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