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  1. Are the cones actually off that tree or has someone collected them from a different tree and left them there?
  2. Do you have any dash cam footage that may have captured the box before felling?
  3. Bit of a Halloween look about it.
  4. Neither am I but I'm not sure I'd ask professionals to give me a free complete guide to felling a tree! I am curious though, why do you need a winch? Is it likely to damage something if it falls the wrong way? Do you have a photo of the tree? As someone who does like to do things themself, it does sound like a job you need to get someone in on.
  5. I would agree with Chicken-of-the-woods, Laetiporus sulphureus . I've only really seen it to be a deep yellow and also earlier in the season but it is often pinkish orange as in the photos and still about. Here's some good pics, plenty of the pinkish ones. https://www.wildfooduk.com/mushroom-guide/chicken-of-the-woods/
  6. I've got this on some WRC boards I'm seasoning for bee hives. The wood was poor quality with a fair number of dead knots, ok for me as I don't need long lengths. I assumed the trees were grown on a wet site and so the timber was wetter than usual, but I'd be interested to know for sure.
  7. I don't know if you've already looked at the RHS advice but they have a good list of susceptible and resistant plants here: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/pdfs/honey-fungus-host-list general advice here: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/garden-health/disease/Honey-fungus and how to manage outbreaks here: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=1015 Interestingly is shows privet as very susceptible and we have a fair bit of it growing well in the garden and a fair bit of honey fungus as well. I'm trying to get on top of the fungus by cultivating the soil. First year of growing spuds was a little worrying as the fungus attacks the tubers but subsequent years have been much better.
  8. How healthy does the new tree look? This is my understanding as a woodland owner with a large amount of honey fungus about the place. In your pic the honey fungus is likely to be decomposing the old oak roots so I doubt there's much you can sensibly do. In a garden situation you are told to remove old stumps and roots and leave the area fallow for a year or so, but as the new tree has been planted I don't think there's much that can be done other than look after the tree.
  9. Any idea what they are? The snouts look a bit like pink beefsteaks and the face has a hint of dryads about it but I'm just guessing.
  10. Good luck, I have wondered how the powers that be will enforce the new legislation, i.e. how will they test your logs. I assume it'll be trading standards, who seem to always claim they are too busy. I have a cheap pin moisture meter and it is specifically sold for use for firewood testing. No idea what basis it uses but when I've compared it to oven testing it seems to be wet basis. As it's for personal use it doesn't really matter much.
  11. You've missed a * 100, so Mwet = (Mdry / (100+Mdry)) * 100. But yes, I was wrong, as I was only thinking about the 20% wet basis limit. So the OPs moisture meter can still be used, just need to convert to wet basis. If it reads under 25 dry basis the wood is under 20 wet basis.
  12. Can't you just multiply the dry basis reading by 0.8 to get the wet basis equivalent? In all this new legislation does it ever mention what basis, wet or dry, is used? Just curious as I've never seen it mentioned.
  13. Have you checked the tip site directory? https://arbtalk.co.uk/recycling/nearby-tipsites/


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