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  1. Thanks for trying. Just found pic. White poplar. Going to take post down. Thanks for trying to help
  2. thanks Yes. Just found google pics and it is white poplar. Gonna quickly take this post down Thanks
  3. Hi all, if you can help shed light on what tree this is would be much appreciated. They are causing shade over a garden & I'm wondering whether to advise felling, pollarding, or leaving them to get on with it. Only problem is that I have absolutely no idea what tree they are! Thank you for sharing your wisdom in advance! In case the picture doesn't work - it is about 30m tall with a curving trunk. The bark has distinctive diamond shaped lesions in silvery bark. Very wet ground in a flood zone. Here is the pic https://www.dropbox.com/home/Crowdy%20Mill/Amy's%20pics?preview=Photo+12-03-2017%2C+11+01+58+am.jpg
  4. Hi Paper Rustler. I'd rather not say which park I'm in at the moment. Just to say - the Authority has so far been less that helpful, and even gone to the lengths of enlisting my neighbour to install cctv and keep a log book of all my comings and goings. 3 years on this mission and I'm not yet there to have a barn to store my machinery in or dry my timber. Great what you can do with 'temporary' structures - but still not good enough.
  5. Thanks Steve A. Can you please give me a case reference number for your application and appeal - or a name for the woodland and I should be able to dig it out. That is very helpful.
  6. Hi. Has anyone got examples of firewood (and timber planks) drying barn as being permitted development for forestry purposes? In my view drying timber in the woods (from my own homegrown timber) should be part of my normal forestry operation & I think a drying a barn is necessary. None of my pallet stacks with tin or tarp roofs hold out water as well as a barn. However the planners say a timber drying barn requires full planning permission as a change from forestry to industrial use (I'm on a National Park which makes things a bit less easy). Has anyone got any examples of of wood drying barns being permitted development under prior notification? On appeal or as PN would be good, especial in a national park or aonb. I know of Druid Farm on DNP and Doynton in South Gloucestershire AONB, but could do with more examples. Thank you.
  7. Hi Arbtalkers, Just to let you know that there is a great team of volunteers helping out on the land. 4 of us in total working the hill. A young french chap who wants to go to Quebec to learn tree-surgery, an English lad taking a year out after college & loving helping on farms and picking up skills, and a green-woodworker who has been camping in Switzerland helping plant trees there. A great bunch blessed with the best weather of November & December I remember. Loads of wood extracted and by the track & a lot of fun. |Thanks for an interesting read and for those of you who have volunteered to help. SilkyFox - it would be great to have a hand felling a few of the larch that are in the way (Climbing skills we don't have) as this will help open up avenues for felling sensitively in otherwise crowded areas. If you are able to take any time in the new year to come down that would be fantastic. Sadly Tommy has hurt his back so can't come and help - but we've got a good team now and looks set to be a great winter. Best wishes to you all for a wonderful festive season.
  8. Hi Paul, There is no minimum age - but they would have to be pretty keen & most likely personally known by any wwoofing hosts to take them on if under 18years old. Personally I would have to be very confident in taking anyone on under 20something. Would def. be a good idea to suggest they check out helpx if volunteering is something they might like to do. Thanks for following the thread - interesting developments. I thought the idea of volunteering in the woods might provoke some passion... but this thread was a surprise. All the best & I agree that volunteering can definitely be character building stuff.
  9. Lush.... And a seriously burry old lump of oak too! No wonder he wanted to keep it. Good work!
  10. Volunteers needed to help manage our 27acre woodland on a 45 acre farm. (December 2014 to March 2015+) Most work will be to help with extracting, felling, & planting trees. Plus some firewood chopping, milling timber, and various bits of work around the farm (chicken feeding, general maintenance etc.) Accommodation is in a caravan out on the land (2 caravans available), self-catering on a WWOOF basis (willing worker on organic farms) which means you volunteer and get a small contribution towards food. There is also a solar-shower, outdoor cooking space, sauna / lake & lots of gorgeous woodland - but it is 'out-there' and means being reliant on a fire for heat, and a spring for your water. Send me a pm or email if interested or you know someone who might fancy a month or two helping out in the woods in South Devon. All the best Doug
  11. I love our skidding cone. Definitely worth the investment in time saved. Go for it is my advice. We have a steep hill & need to extract down it. Been very useful to have a cone.
  12. Hi Craig, where are you based? Could mill you some up in south devon. untreated larch cut at 20mm
  13. Thanks Steve, that's definitely what I will be looking for. Blocks seem to be pretty pricey though so I hope to find someone with one which they no longer need or are willing to pass on... otherwise it's time to rub the money tree. And Muldonach, re. the angle of tractor & winch - I have read that 30degrees is the max angle to allow for the winch cable to feed out from the winch to safely drag a load - beyond that and I risk pulling the tractor over (best not learn that one through experience). I will have the tractor parked straight on the track - run the cable at max of 30degrees to a tree with block on it - then redirect the cable back up the hill to the log I wish to pull - safely dragging it to the trackside without running it straight towards the tractor. So far so good
  14. Hi Chris - thanks for your message - what is the difference between quick release and self-release? Would be interested in checking out what you have & seeing if it fits. Buying one 2nd hand makes sense since they seem super expensive. I am down in south devon. All the best


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