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  1. Hi all. have some hedges around a woodland I recently took over and would like to lay and manage them traditionally and wondered if anyone knows of/runs any courses in Somerset or the surrounding area. I am based in North East Somerset near Frome and have a couple of guys I work with looking to try their hand too so any info/contacts would be greatly appreciated cheers
  2. I did yes. Was just looking for some first hand info/experience as their website looked good but it’s just a website, not a person.
  3. Yes that was where I was sent to. Have tried to have a crack at the manager map generator thing but it doesn’t seem very user friendly. Can’t get it to draw sections/sub sections and label things up etc. Did you just plug on with it, or did you find anything with a bit more guidance/walkthrough of how to go about using the software? I’ve got mostly ash which is pretty affected with canker so am keen to establish something that considers that long term as well as chalara, hence wanting to get the FC involved. Shame that budgets mean smaller woodland owners miss out on their knowledge and experience
  4. is any one out there a member of the small woodland association, or had any dealings with them who can shed a bit more light as I have acquired a 3acre mixed woodland but in contacting the Forestry Commision they told me it wasn’t too small for a visit/assistance with developing a management plan. But sign posted me to small woods. I 5ink they attend the APF or some such larger shows but with a young family ive never been able to make it up there i am based in Somerset, 10miles from Frome if there is anyone locally that might be up for meeting up too that would be awesome, cheers
  5. Tried that one in the first instance. Had a semi helpful reply saying my woodland was too small for a visit/consultation but did point me to the website where you can design your own management plan, but I was hoping for some professional advice/experience so felt a little reluctant to just plough on myself. Anyone had any dealings with the small woods association, Heard of them recently but would be good to hear anything anyone has to say as can’t find much online/locally
  6. I got the same in my woodland. I,ve owned it a year now , was quite worried to start but now that I have felled a few infected trees, the timber is still surprisingly good, only seems to be limited to bark and cambium layers, the wood is still solid and burns and turns well! There are a few really infected trees in the mix but these have just shed limbs and retrenched back to major framework and pretty wild epicormic growth but still standing strong (ish)
  7. Thanks for your replies. I hear what your saying about keeping some cover. I think you are right I just keeping on top of the rides and open areas. Hoping that with winter coming it will be a bit clearer to see what is going on once leaf drop has done its thing. its a pretty dense woodland. Never been thinned so I think I’ll start on that and just keep on top of the worst areas and see what comes up. havnt seen any nesting going on this year in any of the understory but I guess that what they are after! i have a long arm hedge cutter so I guess a run round with that will help until I can work out what it is that we want from it.
  8. I’ve recently purchased a 3 acre mixed planted woodland as a project not to log commercially but to manage for the family to use and make a bit of extra money in using it for producing some logs and other woodland products. It is approx 25years old and has been neglected really since birth. Have a lot of bramble, blackthorn and various other ground species starting to take over the understory. Need to clear these so I can get in and start some felling. What is the best way to manage the woodland floor so that I can allow regeneration of more native species. Looking particulate for ideas on how to clear it and keep on top of it myself. Can’t access with any large commercial machinery but these remote control flail mowers would fit for a first cut. Anyone have any experience with these/hire them/contract themselves out with one for the day and how to control to inevitable regrowth of all things spikey and thorny after a first cut? I have a quad bike so any ideas on any towable machines/tools would be appreciated Many thanks dan
  9. I’ve recently purchased a 3 acre mixed planted woodland as a project not to log commercially but to manage for the family to use and make a bit of extra money in using it for producing some logs and other woodland products. It is approx 25years old and has been neglected really since birth. Have a lot of bramble, blackthorn and various other ground species staring to take over the understory. Need to clear these so I can get in and start some felling. What is the best way to manage the woodland floor so that I can allow regeneration of more native species. Looking particulate for ideas on how to clear it and keep on top of it myself. Can’t access with any large commercial machinery but these remote control flail mowers would fit. Anyone have any experience with these and how to control to inevitable regrowth of all things spikey and thorny after a first cut? I have a quad bike so any ideas on any towable machines/tools would be appreciated Many thanks dan
  10. thats pretty reasonable, got this feeling the stem is gonna be bigger than 20 and don't want to squander a walnut milling opportunity but I'll have to see if the custy can keep the stem long enough for me to get a 66 on site! do any of you run a hand winch off the mill? Any good??
  11. Is that the low profile? How wide a slab can you get with a 25??
  12. Cheers for your feedback, much appreciated. Think I'll start on a 25 and see how she goes. I'm reading between the lines but pretty sure you guys are encouraging me to get a 66 though, I think your right!
  13. Hi guys. Im looking to get my first mill soon as got a walnut that is coming down in a few weeks and just recently got access to a woodland that is due for thin. I have a 461 which I run a 25" bar on for my tree work. Been doing some reading on the low pro bar and chains saying they can run bigger bars so am going to dive down that route but trying to work out which bar length to get as I want to be able to cut widest boards possible. Can a 461 handle the 36" low pro set up without trashing the saw long term or is 30" the way to go? And do you guys hand sharpen whilst you mill or is that electric chain sharpener worth its salt? Any advice would be sound, ta
  14. Yeah all the guts are back together ok. It was running after but i had it up the tree to chop down a pine and it was just flat out after making the first cut once I let go of the trigger hence trying to re tune and re set the carb
  15. I just had to fit a new handle to my 201t and when I refitted the carb it was running at full chat on idle. I backed all the screws off to do a carb re set but now can't get it to fire. everything I read says seat the screws in their thread and then back off one full turn and once running fine tune it. I can only get 3/4 turn out of them and still not able to get it running. Any carb gurus who can give me some help in how to re set and tune the carb would be much appreciated cheers

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