On the way to do some tree planting... (Wednesday November 30th) on land belonging to The Howe Farm at Troutbeck, above Windermere,... this fallen beech across the footpath was discovered!
The tree had come down from National Trust land in the recent high winds partially blocking the footpath with the crown resting on a neighbour's property. The next day, Liam, forester ranger based at St. Catherines, can be seen here working out the best approach to deal with the tree.
Jess from High Close who like Liam is also qualified to do large tree felling was able to give assistance at very short notice. With warning signs set up and a lookout in place to warn walkers using the footpath work began.
In this image Jess has reduced the crown of the tree. Most of the wood will be cross cut and used for firewood after seasoning in the NT Footprint wood-burner.
Here Liam is cutting more sections out of the tree trunk to further reduce its weight prior to "felling" it..
Above and below.
Working down to where the tree is resting on the bank.
A robin popped by to see what was going on.
Finally the main trunk was winched to the side of the path and out of the way, ready to be dealt with later.
Jess kindly volunteered to do the winching.
Liam and Jess...what a team!
The first of many loads of wood on the way to St. Catherine's with the wood-burner as the final destination.