News from Neil Winder 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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Area Ranger-Grasmere and Great Langdale.

Growing up in the Lakes naturally progressed to working in this beautiful area. After studying Countryside management at Newton Rigg College Penrith I spent time volunteering for the RSPB at Leighton Moss Silverdale. These experiences lead to employment with the National Trust whom I’ve been with for over 14 years now.
I’ve worked on the upland footpath team carrying out footpath repairs in the area and as Warden working on countryside estate work like walling, fencing and hedge laying.
As Area Ranger I’m Responsible for planning and coordinating general operations over 7800 Hectares of countryside portfolio.
I love the outdoors, getting out side in my work and also spending time walking with my family.
I’ve been known to enjoy bursts of trail running when my energy levels are high. I also have a passion for electronic music; I was a DJ for many years and hold a qualification in computer music production.

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http://centralandeastlakesrangers.blogspot.co.uk/