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  1. wrsni

    Making the news today....

    And in hindsight you were correct to do so Marcus. Blair, Clinton 'et al' at their most deceptive and despicable. (Rather late reply, not here much nowadays!)
  2. wrsni

    Woodland floor management

    It's become quite a long list as there was quite a wide variety at planting due to it having been done right at the very start of the Ash ban. So major species would be English Oak, Birch, Alder, Hazel, Lime, Rowan, Wild Cherry. Next in numbers would be Sessile Oak, Scots Pine, Whitebeam, Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Guelder Rose. Then there'd be Norway Maple, Red Oak, Horse Chestnut, Crab Apple, Holly, probably missed something but that's the bulk. So over there first couple of years there were some things that didn't make it and the spaces left by them was when things got interesting. As an example, Birch didn't establish well and given that there was roughly 600 of them even a 20% mortality in the first couple of years gives like over 100 spaces to play with. So since planting what has been added has been Sweet Chestnut, Wild Pear, Ash (dug up about the place and transplanted!), Pears, Apples, Apricots, Asian Pears, Plums, Damsons, Morello Cherries, Blackcurrants, Redcurrants, Whitecurrants, Blueberries, Tayberries, Gooseberries, Mulberry, Sea Buckthorn, Flowering Currant which I've propagated from the hedges elsewhere on the farm, and Wild Raspberries which I dug up along the banks of the railway line which runs alongside us. There's also one Strawberry Tree which the wee lasses sheep got at and ate last winter but I think it's going to recover. That sounds a lot but while some things are in hundreds, some things are in single figures, some things even just a couple. I'm sure the Alpacas are lovely, but surely they don't need two acres. Maybe there's a compromise to be had somewhere?
  3. wrsni

    Woodland floor management

    Can't oblige unfortunately, I gave up taking photos of it about 2 years ago as they never seemed to do it any justice when I came back in the house and opened them. Although I'm probably also a pretty rubbish photographer if I'm honest! Been toying with the idea of buying a drone for a wee while now, if that happens maybe that's something that could make a more worthwhile record of it's development.
  4. "There's a big difference between my mother-in-law and a terrorist, ..........you can negotiate with a terrorist!" Frank Carson.
  5. wrsni

    ArbDogs? Pics!

    And this is his 'brother' Percy checking out our crop of clover before mowing a few weeks ago. Percy is elsewhere on this thread from a few years ago.
  6. wrsni

    ArbDogs? Pics!

    So as if one very intelligent collie wasn't enough work, about a year ago we adopted this handsome fellow. He wasn't badly treated as such but just run wild around a farm (and god knows where else!) since he was a pup. It's been a slow process but he's coming on very well and is unrecognizable in every way from what was basically the wild dog we took on. The change in him tends to prove the adage that there aren't really bad dogs, just bad owners. He's extremely happy in his new life and needless to say we love him to bits, how could you not!
  7. wrsni

    Woodland floor management

    My own woodland has had six growing seasons now since planting and I'm only just starting to understand what this woodland management caper is about. So whereas a year or two ago I would also have considered an area such as yours to have been "neglected", now I would say that it's simply been free from human interference. I suppose you could argue that without 'human interference' my woodland wouldn't exist as it was planted on prime arable land, and that's a fair point. But having established it, there is no doubt that over the past couple of years especially the entire area has taken on a life of it's own. I still 'interfere' and will continue to do so for as long as I'm physically capable, I have fruit bushes in it which need a wee bit of help to survive amongst the more vigorous native stuff, I have fruit trees the same. Some things are starting to spread and sucker but rather than let them totally colonise one area I take out bits and move them to other places to hasten the process, and so on. But my main aim now is to be as low impact as possible, if there's something I want to do that's grand but I try to do it in a way that allows nature to get on with what it's doing as well, because at the end of the day it does it better and on a scale which I could never achieve anyway. The one thing I did do from the very beginning was lay out a series of pathways and keep them maintained. It seemed a bit silly for the first couple of years having these lovely neatly cut grass paths through what looked like a bit of a mess at times, but now the benefit of them is being seen both in giving me more distinct areas of woodland edge which I can do something with a bit easier, but also I can let everywhere else do what it likes knowing that access for the future is taken care of already. So you obviously need access for thinning but this could also tie in with maybe letting a wee bit more light in somewhere if you wanted to add some fruit producing plants should something like that appeal to you. Clearing one or two paths permanently could be worth it if they were well placed and allowed you to keep much larger areas undisturbed but they could also give you other benefits too. So I'd say have a good think about the sort of relationship which you want with the area, it's been doing it's own thing for quite a while obviously and isn't going to respond well to someone taking charge of it and changing everything overnight. However, if you approach it sensitively and respectful of what's already there (even the bramble!) there's no doubt it will have a lot to give you in many different ways. Good luck and enjoy your time there. :)
  8. Our Kubota ME5700 will handle a ton on the front loader no problem. It's also a very handy tractor with an excellent turning circle, you simply won't beat Kubota for tight turning with 4wd.
  9. Multiple shoots below the cut on a few trees doesn't bother me, in years to come there'll be thinning to do, wood used for firing, etc, as long as I have plenty of healthy growing trees there'll be a job for all of them. Staking is just a matter of work efficiency, I have a finite amount of time to spend on the whole area so transplanting them in a way that they become independent again as soon as possible would be preferable.
  10. For reasons of management within the woodland I need to shift half a dozen or more Norway Maple. They are in the ground 5yrs but it's a nice loam they're in so I should be able to get them out with little upset given a bit of time. However what worries me is replanting, they've really shot up this past couple of years with some of them probably ten to a dozen feet high and although they're really just a big long whip with little side growth they're still capable of catching a fair bit of wind. I don't really want to get in to staking and such like so would it be acceptable to cut them back to say five feet or so at the same time as they are being shifted. On one hand I can see it being advantageous as there'll be less tree to feed for a couple of years while the roots re-establish, on the other hand I'd be worried that two shocks at the same time may be tough on them. Thoughts and advice welcome. Thanks.
  11. wrsni

    Making the news today....

    I think UKIP are beyond saving, hasn't Nuttall bailed already?
  12. wrsni

    Making the news today....

    The GFA ensured that the prison gates would be opened and some people (from both sides!) guilty of terrible things would walk free. Some others escaped prosecution on the back of it. There was some very unpalatable stuff in it. I voted for it on balance, but only after a long struggle with my conscience. I also know many very, very, decent people who could not bring themselves to support it, nothing to do with sectarianism or bitterness. So don't judge when you're not fully aware of all the detail.
  13. wrsni

    Making the news today....

    If you don't like a thread don't read it! So what's the problem?
  14. wrsni

    Making the news today....

    I'm sure the bereaved from this latest atrocity take great comfort from the fact that Mr Abedi's liberty remained unimpeded right up until the second he blew himself and their loved ones to pieces. Honestly, that's a prime example of the sort of bleeding heart liberal bollox which has gotten us in to this mess.
  15. wrsni

    Making the news today....

    You're going to have to get out from under the umbrella of the ECHR first, and last time I checked (although she does change direction pretty often) Mrs May was all in favour of keeping it post-Brexit.


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