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  1. Been loads of sightings this year for round here of the black adder. Dont get me started on pheasants! Think about the woodlands where phesents are. Only thing you will find is pheasents, corn and rats and not a lot else. When it rains, mud and pheasent shite running off into tributarys.
  2. Low wage people in work but need wages topping up, record people in work is all we hear from this government.
  3. Lots of momentum now with regenerative ag. Change is on the horizon with regards to payments for farmers. The conservatives are also making it possible for the land owner to get the payments and not the person farming the land. Make of that of you will. The rich looking after the rich imo. If you stop payments then you run the risk of people going for max production. Hedges out, no margins etc so could be counter productive to the environment.
  4. Was trying to get an idea of the weight of the chippers i have experience of. Will have to get down to the local weigh bridge and see what the entec is packing kgs
  5. I'm not too convinced by the vegan thing myself. A lot of vegan products are flown in and thus are incuring a lot of air miles which are obviously not great for the environment. Thinking of monoculture cropping which is savage for biodiversity. Not all farming systems are destroying the environment, their is quite a bit of hype about regenerative farming at the moment which focuses on biodiversity and working with nature rather than against it. Too much fake news with regards to uk farming with US feed lot facts being quoted. Not saying all farmers are great but their is some good stuff going on. I thought that aforesting the uplands would be a good idea but, thinking more round me, you would loose the heather moorland which is a habitat in itself which would presumably have knock on effects. Silvopasture is the pinnacle. Getting the grazing right with in fiels trees i think is where the most carbon can be sequestered.
  6. Perhaps my terminology was not on point thur my man. Perhaps if i said it doesnt hold a hinge as well as some of the other brands of trees. One things for sure when adb branches hit the floor the make hell of a mess! Need to purcahse a road sweeper, did have one by chance go up the road i was working the other day saving me some work!
  7. I think the main problem when rigging die back ash when compared to elm is that ash is pretty brittle to start with so that even in the early stages that is exacerbated. We are working on die back ash here in West Somerset and trees a varying a lot. Definately noticeable that even in the very early stages that when doing directional hinges in the canopy they just dont hold. Personally i have been trying to advise land ownera to catch it early as if it progresses it can not safely be climbed and of course costs will escalate! Absoulutly tons and tons of roadside ash that has die backbround here. Dead standing trees, even if you didnt know about die back they should have been picked up as dead and dangerous trees!
  8. Grazing, in the right manor, helps sequester more carbon! Grazed Silvopasture is the pinnacle
  9. Not the lack of power i worry about its the lack of grip that worries me. The transit has been bomber in terms of being fully laden, no hill it wont do in first gear! Did have a 90hp cabstar once that would not go up a hill in first, that was a worrying reverse back down!
  10. Yep many many benefits of trees for animals and the land. Nourishment BOOKS.GOOGLE.CO.UK Reflections on feeding body and spirit in a world of change Animal scientists have long considered domestic livestock to be too dumb to know how to eat right, but the lifetime research of animal behaviorist Fred Provenza and his colleagues has debunked this myth. Their work shows that when given a choice of natural foods, livestock have an astoundingly refined palate, nibbling through the day on as many as fifty kinds of grasses, forbs, and shrubs to meet their nutritional needs with remarkable precision. In Nourishment Provenza presents his thesis of the wisdom body, a wisdom that links flavor-feedback relationships at a cellular level with biochemically rich foods to meet the body's nutritional and medicinal needs. Provenza explores the fascinating complexity of these relationships as he raises and answers thought-provoking questions about what we can learn from animals about nutritional wisdom. What kinds of memories form the basis for how herbivores, and humans, recognize foods? Can a body develop nutritional and medicinal memories in utero and early in life? Do humans still possess the wisdom to select nourishing diets? Or, has that ability been hijacked by nutritional "authorities"? Consumers eager for a "quick fix" have empowered the multibillion-dollar-a-year supplement industry, but is taking supplements and enriching and fortifying foods helping us, or is it hurting us? On a broader scale Provenza explores the relationships among facets of complex, poorly understood, ever-changing ecological, social, and economic systems in light of an unpredictable future. To what degree do we lose contact with life-sustaining energies when the foods we eat come from anywhere but where we live? To what degree do we lose the mythological relationship that links us physically and spiritually with Mother Earth who nurtures our lives? Provenza's paradigm-changing exploration of these questions has implications that could vastly improve our health through a simple change in the way we view our relationships with the plants and animals we eat. Our health could be improved by eating biochemically rich foods and by creating cultures that know how to combine foods into meals that nourish and satiate. Provenza contends the voices of "authority" disconnect most people from a personal search to discover the inner wisdom that can nourish body and spirit. That journey means embracing wonder and uncertainty and avoiding illusions of stability and control as we dine on a planet in a universe bent on consuming itself.
  11. It amazes me that LA, to my knowlage, doing anything to notify home owners and landowner about the risk of die back. I have knocked on a few doors and caught a few people to notify them that the big tree over the house has die back. I just tell them to get a tree surgeon to look at it as i dont like cold calling but i almost feel like i have a duty of care!
  12. Yep does take a while but you are not using a carcinogenic chemical. I am involved with a trial with the rootwave machine and my first thoughts were that this is going to be slow going! Certainly suited more to situations where you catch an out break early rather than being presented with a vast stand. I did think a welder would do the same job! Obviously a lot has gone into research and development of the machine to ensure effectiveness and safety.
  13. Sorry got to add it is electricide. Lots of current through stem and roots to kill plant
  14. Rootwave. Been using it recently, only just started using on knotweed. Theory seems good. Zero chemicals, if your going chemical free this kills the root so deals with the plant underground rather that most mechanical methods only dealing with above ground.
  15. Have they ever thought that permemant pasture also sequesters carbon. Infact i think that you can do more with an extensive grazing system carbon wise.


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