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  1. 2 hours ago, Paul in the woods said:

    You are lucky. We must have 1000s of trees and they regularly set nuts but the greys, jays, mice, voles and the odd dormouse get through most of the nuts. Controlling the greys does get us a harvest.


    I'm currently planting more hazel out, grown from the largest nuts I can find and the odd bag of cheap Kentish cob nuts from the shops.


    This year's looks good for a harvest where we live.

    Hazel is awesome, tough, resilient, pretty, incredibly easy to manage, great for wildlife, gives you excellent firewood, and you get nuts.


    I planted about 500 hundred, if I'd known then what I know now I'd have doubled that.


    If I had more ground I'd definitely plant an area of hazel coppice, maybe with a few standards through it. But then there'd have to be fewer sheep, and I like keeping them too.


    But I'm being picky, overall I should just be glad I planted what I did when I did.

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  2. 1 hour ago, sime42 said:

    Dont you get problems with squirrels? Every tree I see with any traces of nuts has nearly always been savaged by the little cnuts!

    Not so far, I planted it in the heart of a 100% agricultural area and seldom see a grey. I find lots of nuts on the woodland floor during late winter/early spring which have a little perfectly round hole on the top of them which apparently is mice so they seem to be the main beneficiary to date.




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  3. Maybe I was lucky but when planting my woodland I only used bog standard corylus avellana, think they were about 80p per plant back then, and all from the same supplier.


    First got a few nuts about four years ago, with more and more bushes producing every year since until this year where there are nuts everywhere you look.


    I wasn't even aware there were issues with cross-pollination?

  4. 1 hour ago, GarethM said:

    I have a similar response to the media resorting to asking people how they feel, it's the news not a self help focus group.

    This and your previous post all very accurate.


    News was much more fair and balanced when they simply reported what was happening.


    But it now encompasses so much commentary and personal opinion that the pure factual nature of it has been diminished practically to the point of being non-existent.

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  5. God love it.


    We've had two Springers, both rescues, and both classed as 'problem dogs', but we never had any trouble with them strangely enough.


    Not surprisingly we're Collie people primarily, but both the Springers have as big a place in our dog history as anything else.

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  6. Even if Echo still make the 390, I struggle to see why any importer would go to the trouble of stocking it along with the new 4310 which is more powerful and lighter.


    And I say that as someone with a fairly new 390esx sitting on the bench.

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  7. 1 hour ago, Johnsond said:

    Nearly half my wage after 43600 41% plus NI averages out in my case at 48-49% that’s near enough half to piss me right off. The money earned before that is basically survival income as far as I’m concerned. Whilst we bicker and point out mathematical  inaccuracies the system continues as it’s designed too do ie keep us toiling away to maintain the status quo. Keep working and trying  and the simple fact is you get closer and closer to half your wage in tax. Where’s the incentive??.

    When I started working basic rate was 33%, there was no minimum wage, and personal allowances were much smaller than now even in real terms.


    So if you're pissed off now just be thankful you weren't trying to forge a path then.



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  8. 1 minute ago, Johnsond said:

     It’s like you have listened to Sturgeon referring to those who are earning over £43600 as the  richest 10% in society

    I detest Nicola Sturgeon with a passion which terrifies me.


    Therefore I ignore her as much as humanly possible, and then some more.


    Merely pointing out the inaccuracy of you stating that "nearly half" is taken of you when it isn't, it only serves to somewhat discredit an otherwise valid point.



  9. 9 minutes ago, trigger_andy said:

    Its criminal they start to take your tax free allowance off of you once you go over £100k. 

    Not that it affects me, but yes, sneaky and unnecessary.


    Every chancellor that I can remember since I cared enough to listen has pledged to make the taxation system more simple, transparent, and easier to understand.


    Yet they never do.

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  10. 23 minutes ago, Johnsond said:

    To give nearly half to utter fools🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️


    But you still only pay between 19 and 21% on what you earn up to that £43,600 surely, plus up to £100k you have your tax free allowance?


    Unless you earn so much that those figures are negligible?

  11. You always worry about a spaniel when they go off their food.


    Their two base instincts seem to be to hunt, and to eat.


    You'll be glad to get her home again.

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  12. On the face of it, it has also made Echo's own 390esx obsolete as it's both lighter and more powerful.


    But presumably that's what it is meant to replace so you'd be expecting an improvement.


    Not many pro saws under 50cc available so if it's a good saw there's no reason why it shouldn't sell. The 43cc Makita is widely used and well regarded here but as above, not being made any more, this seems like a good replacement.

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  13. On 09/08/2022 at 13:56, Stubby said:

    Would not the relatively shorter apple trees get shaded out buy the rest of the woodland ? Also you get birds in a wood ...

    As Paul says, you look to find suitable positions around the edges or in my case you also position near to stuff that can be coppiced or thinned (hazel, oak, maple, etc) to give the apples a head-start. Stronger root-stocks for a bit of vigour and height is also a consideration.


    This wee area was slightly different, it was supposed to be 100% Norway Maple but in the first few years they done badly so (again similar to Paul) I stuck a few apple trees in the spaces but as it's a southerly facing corner it started to develop a bit of a micro climate and soon became obvious that it was worth a bit of extra effort so I moved a couple of weaker maples for space, added a few fruit bushes, and I keep the grass trimmed a bit.


    The remaining maples will be managed to provide a bit of shelter but without being too shady, at least that's the plan at present. But it's ongoing and every year you find out something else, which is just as likely to be something you done wrong as right!






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  14. I did wonder if the still relatively small number was an issue.


    Certainly in the early days with soft fruit, it was nearly impossible to get anything, but now that the bushes are much bigger and more of them, it seems more a case of everybody being able to get a bit, humans included.


    Maybe going to have to be similarly patient with the apples.

  15. Has anyone experience of growing apples in a native woodland environment as opposed to a bespoke orchard or even just a tree or two randomly in your garden?


    This is the first year of any apples on most of my trees and they are being absolutely mullered by birds already.


    Wondering if there's any practical preventative measures possible or is it just a bad idea trying to grow apples in a relatively wild setting?


    Any experiences or advice welcome as ever.



  16. On 25/07/2022 at 09:26, Stere said:

    Thought the old brands - ones like brades and gilpin etc that they don't make anymore were regarded as the best?


    Called them slashers with long handles


    Morris  ones are still around but heard the new ones aren't  of a very good quality, and the blade needs re profiling from new?




    The japanese make some nice billhooks (and hand tools generally) tempted with one for triming hazel rods.





    Japanese hatchet Axe Nata Ono Carpentry Woodworking Tools Maruhitsunata  tosa New | eBay


    Saya nata, right-handed hatchet





    Other german branded ones:


    This really useful Nordforest Bush Hook with its 40 cm aluminium handle is a great tool for tree nurseries. It has a...



    A particularly light and versatile design with an additional blade on the back edge. Comes fully sharpened and ready for use...



    Now the test of sharpness would be if it can trim a hedge like this:



    Big fan of Japanese stuff as well, I've a collection of Silky saws and now cut mostly by hand.


    Also have a Yoki billhook, and an Ono axe, they are works of art.


    But Fiskars seems to be one company who can take modern design and production techniques and actually use them to produce stuff that both works well and lasts well off the shelf.


    A niece was looking at a house to buy a few years ago. In the garden was an old dilapidated wooden garage and along one wall of it was a whole array of old hand tools, slashers, billhooks, sythes, sickles, etc, etc. If she had bought the house (which she didn't unfortunately), I'd have got them, restored them, treasured them, and even taken them out to play occasionally.


    But for day to day practicality, buy something to do a job, take it home, work it hard, set it down, lift and repeat the next day, and the next, and the next, etc, Fiskars seem to have it nailed.

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  17. On 25/07/2022 at 10:21, Bob_z_l said:

    I've had one for a while. It's light.

    It's light unlike the regular billhook but with that extra length of handle cleaves branches right off.

    Don't need to put a lot of effort in to get good results, but enough to get through the big stuff....as it's quite light.


    It sits happily in the collection of Fiskars axes. All fantastic tools. 

    It's so light that I seldom go out in to the wood now without it, even walking the dog.


    There's always a briar trying to encroach on a path, a low hanging branch about to snap, a fruit bush getting smothered by cleavers, etc and you can deal with it there and then. Light enough to safely use one handed as well.


    I've one of the original S3 brush hooks, I've trimmed many loads of coppice with it and it's still going strong. This is shaping up to be a useful companion for it come winter time as well.

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  18. Could I just add, that saying as you've gone petrol and the machines are new, there's few things that will give you any greater benefit from using alkylate fuel than a hedge trimmer.


    I've an old Robin, well over 20yr old but I've had it from new and it hasn't done much. Hated using it, the fumes stuck in my nose the rest of the day.


    Switched it to alkylate last year and it's been a revelation, so much so that I've started trimming one or two bits and pieces that I usually just left until the winter and done with the tractor.


    No need to drain over the winter either when not in use.


    You should give it some thought.

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