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  1. The ‘gardening job’ that almost sparked a war WWW.BBC.CO.UK In 1976, North Koreans killed two US officers in the DMZ over a tree, sparking a huge military gardening operation.
  2. Not really. In the good old pre-financial crisis days you could self certify your income for a mortgage. Too many people without a reliable income did this and helped caused the crash so banks stopped it preventing sensible people from getting on with their lives.
  3. The safety data sheets look similar, with Aspen 2 showing Benzene level lower than 0,1 % and MotoMix showing Benzene < 0.05 percentage by volume, pump fuel would be much higher wouldn't it? MotoMix is mostly "Naphtha (petroleum), full-range alkylate,butane-contg." and Aspen "Naphtha (petroleum), full-range alkylate, butane-contg" which looks the same to me? Safety Data Sheets WWW.STIHL.CO.UK STIHL - Information all about the STIHL Group and our extensive product range. Aspen 2 | Aspen 4 | Premixed Petrol | Aspen Fuel ASPENFUEL.CO.UK Aspen Fuel is a leading UK distributor of Aspen Products including Aspen 2 stroke fuel, Aspen 4 stroke fuel and...
  4. A quick comment about the bees. As a bee keeper I would say colonies can be very different, some far calmer than others. Some for example you can mow near at any time, others can be more aggressive. The numbers do reduce in the winter but the wild colony may well survive and they can be active in the winter months if it's warm. If you want some advice you could try your local bee keeping association, try here: Swarm Help – Welsh Beekeepers' Association WWW.WBKA.COM Or you could get advice from the various UK bee keeping forums such has here: Beekeeping Forum BEEKEEPINGFORUM.CO.UK beekeeping forum
  5. Would it? In this day and age it would cost billions. Just 4 days resurfacing work on the narrow Devon lane I live on cost over £25k and that was for 4 days work to fix some potholes. As for safety, it would more than likely increase serious accidents, just look at the A361 death rate. I quite like the Devon lane I live on, even if at this time of year even a horse might struggle to get down it as the hedges grow over from either side. (Mind you some of the people I've seen on horses down here really should have "Wide Load" across their rear end).
  6. It looks a bit like a very large photinia or something similar.
  7. If they are over a certain size and they don't meet other exemptions then yes you'll need a licence. This would be worth a read: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/699889/treefellingaugust.pdf https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tree-felling-licence-when-you-need-to-apply Make sure you read the correct advice depending on where you are (England, Scotland, etc).
  8. Is there any pieces of log stuck between the splitter body and the moving parts? As it's new have you spoken to the place that sold it or FM direct?
  9. I guessed the genus correctly and found the specific tree on your site (I'll not spoil it for others). How early in their life do they flower and do you know if bees like them?
  10. You make several good points and I know its also used for hurley sticks etc. Still, living ash trees do like shedding branches for fun round here when it's windy. Perhaps it has weaknesses around the branch collar?
  11. Our wood has a mix of oak, ash, beech, sycamore and alder and the ash sheds the most live branches in the wind, anything from twigs to some hefty bits. I would regard living ash as a bit brittle, perhaps less flexible that other trees, I wonder if that has anything to do with dead branches being brittle. Are you sure seasoned poles are that strong?
  12. Do you mean Cordyline? If so the RHS guide might help. How to grow cordyline / RHS Gardening WWW.RHS.ORG.UK Learn how to grow cordyline in your garden with the RHS expert guide on choosing, planting, feeding, pruning and...
  13. This is just an educated guess, but look at images of Himalayan Knotweed - "Persicaria wallichii" or "Koenigia polystachya"
  14. Looks like an arm to me. 😉 As for the plant, I would guess something like a callaloo / amaranth. Where is it, back garden / allotment or field?

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