News from Roland Wicksteed 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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Ranger. It is a privilege to live and work in this beautiful area; it is unique. I am based at Windermere and Troutbeck. My favourite work is drystone walling and hedgelaying. I enjoy instructing Working Holiday Groups in both of these traditional crafts. Part of my work involves keeping the numbers of "invasive non native species" down as much as possible. I also continue to work on a project, the aim of which is to increase the numbers of the scarce touch me not balsam plants,(yellow flowering plants in the image's background!) which the rare netted carpet moth depends upon for its survival. The numbers of moths and plants are mainly restricted to a few small sites in The Lake District.

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