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  1. This is true to an extent in the simple causal sense but it's not the whole story. It's more complicated than that. Though it's obviously a good enough explanation for most suburbian tree owners etc. It's not just strangulation, sail-effect, insects/grubs boring down into the covered bark, nutritional deprivation by competition nor is just a declining tree having a less dense canopy that then lets more light down to the ground either. Back in the day, someone like @Tony Croft aka hamadryad might write something cryptic about needing to investigate symbiotic fungal-chemical signals between the roots of the opportunistic ivy and the tree it uses to climb. This isn't the place to write an essay and work is calling. Read Gimlet 's post back abit.
  2. @coppice cutter we use a 12v battery car battery plus -> 240 inverter for a £60-£80 for de-dagging etc
  3. Before I stopped needing to advertise in Yellow Pages back in the 00s, I used to be contacted by forestry students on degree courses looking for Woodland Management experience. I tried out five students over 7 years and I can say that academically aka theoretically, they were very good on paper. That is, they could talk the talk, if you know what I mean. If you want to employ someone to write reports recommending x or y or z and occasionally point a finger at what needs doing, then you have your answer. Forestry is also about how not just what and when. The question of how comes from experience of being hands on or coming up from the tools as well as being mentored with those with even greater experience. That's how I learnt and I've tried to pass on a bit too
  4. Thanks. I maintain over 10 mile of fencing over the many fields we rent and gave up on so-called tanalised round posts as they weren't lasting 5 year on limestone down here near Bath. Sawn oak and split chestnut are our preference but I've heard some give up on wooden stakes altogether and are using angle iron or even scaffolding poles. Glad you get the opportunity to do it properly.
  5. The hayrack means sheep/goats. The barbwire means defo not horsey despite its pony paddock size. Barbwire normally means cattle yet it's too small for them. The oak means you have discerning clientel. Tell us a bit more of thinking behind the design? It can't be just because it looks nice. For instance, the verges are mown but there's a gate that goes across the road or is that a private tarmaced drive? Are the owners going to use livestock to keep the verges down?
  6. New to us. Thanks for the suggestion. Just for amusement, here's an academic pharmacist's alternative perspective: https://theconversation.com/kombucha-kimchi-and-yogurt-how-fermented-foods-could-be-harmful-to-your-health-126131 The author doesn't like alcohol, it seems :) https://www.westminster.ac.uk/news/manal-mohammed-for-which-about-the-common-mistakes-that-people-make-when-using-hand-sanitiser
  7. Try googling pioneer trees for your area accounting for wind exposure, soil type, annual rainfall, etc. Look at this and tell us what you think: Treewilding; Six British tree species to boost your restoration project WWW.VISIONWILD.CO.UK There are some native tree species that really stand out to the ecologist in me as excellent candidates for British rewilding...
  8. What have we got? What's changed and why? Are we going to do anything about it and who's paying? :)
  9. Are you political? Your rhetoric reminds me of the People's Front of Judea! Re-read your stated soapboxing above and substitute ivy for anything "undesirable" and you'll see what I mean.
  10. It's said that aspirin is derived from willow. As this is Ivy white-wash day: English Ivy – Natural Remedy For Cough, Bronchitis & Asthma - Healing Journeys b HEALINGJOURNEYSB.COM This one is a plant also that also goes by its Latin name Hedera Helix. This green plant can grow up to 30m high and...
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    Re subsidies and food prices. We rent grazing at peppercorn rates and the landowners of the fields we have the use of keep their subsidies. We obviously do pasture management which involves fertilizer and diesel. Both are 3x what they were last year. If we dont see a return corresponding to the same come market day in the autumn, then those up front costs will make us reconsider next year's plans. The 2000+ hectre farms will have huge outlays going into the ground now. If harvest and livestock prices don't match their expectations then they'll simply stop growing food. Subsidies are not just for City boys investing in land to bypass capital gains tax etc. They are future-protecting assurance. On a historical note, it was said that average residential rent back in 1950s-1960s was approx 10% of average national income. However, food costs were close to 50%. That's why everyone was skinny back then. We in the UK have been used to cheap food for a long time in contrast. Rent though has been creeping up to well over 50% of national average income.
  12. North Country Mule? Our full mouthed ryland had quads just over a week ago and yours wins hands down! :)
  13. All well and bottle feeding two, thanks for asking. As for my afterthought on intonation, I only meant it in an oblique rather than referential way. Though we all need a derail once in a while, dont we? Marcus's sand and custard remark typifies the celtic art of the poetic which I like.
  14. I know it's late to respond but I've just seen this. We've been up all hours lambing here at the mo' - just had quads - what a tangled mess of legs that was to sort out and pull out one at a time - not grumbling as its my favourite time of year getting off the machines. The quads are all alive at the mo'. Anyway, I reread my half arsed bollox above and appreciate your lyrical reply. As usual I confused the dry, inhospitable, sandy place where nothing grows to banoffee pie with extra custard! Thank you for your little peeble's ripple in the pond. Over on the argument thread as @Macpherson called it, I see they're talking about Scottishness. I mention this because my englishness likes listening to their tones, whether its weegie harshness or highland lilt. You in NI have the same kind of intensity in the way you speak which appeals too - as someone uprooted from england's ex-industrial north to southern countryside namby pambyness can become a bit monotone, if you know what I mean.


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