News from Ben Knipe for February 2013

  • The Tall Tree Trail and The Brash Barbeque

    18:01 13 February 2013
    By Roland Wicksteed, Dave Jackson, Dave Almond, James Archer, Neil Winder, Ben Knipe

    A lot of brash needed to be burnt up after extensive forestry work in Skelghyll Woods . Many branches from the big conifer trees had snapped under the weight of the recent snow fall adding greatly to the piles of brash. Some of the largest of these branches had fallen onto the footpath making access difficult. Several fires were lit in the area and gradually the brash started to disappear.
    
    
    
    Grand Fir. Skelghyll Woods. Tallest tree in Cumbria.
    
    
    One of several brash fires at Skelghyll.
       
    An interested onlooker.
     
    Starting to look a litttle tidier....Honest!
     
    Well, all this dragging  brash to the fire sites does bring on a big appetite. Be a shame to waste the heat. Grubs up!
    Almost there.
     
    Some of the larger brash was cut up for firewood, to be used in the Footprint Building's wood burner.
    All this work, in particular the tree felling, is in preparation of the forthcoming "Tall Tree Trail." The tree clearance will enable a new path to be created; this will allow people to wander amongst, and wonder at some of  the tallest conifer trees in Cumbria. The gaps that have been opened up will also allow for the planting of specimen conifers that our future generations will see in all their majestic glory.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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I'm the woodland ranger for Central and East Lakes working with the other rangers to manage woodlands in Windermere, Troutbeck, Ullswater, Grasmere and Langdale.
I've worked for the National Trust for over 13 years across many parts of North West of England including Staffordshire, Cheshire and now Cumbria.
My work is very varied and includes looking after ancient trees on busy lakeshore paths to quiet and wildlife rich fell side oak woodlands.

Blog:
http://centralandeastlakesrangers.blogspot.co.uk/
Email:
benjamin.knipe@nationaltrust.org.uk