Saturday, 21 December 2013
|Vashti, Harvey the dog, Duncan, Stephen, Alison, Guy's arse, Ben, headless Steve, 1/3 of Remy.|
Posted by Simon Lyes at 07:50
Saturday, 14 December 2013
|People eating cake, and pulling a variety of funny faces.|
We were myself, Geoff, Vashti, Brian, Trevor, Peter W, Hap, Ben, Philip, Duncan (and Harvey the dog) Dianne and Jess. For the first hour myself, Geoff, Ben and Vashti went to Scammonden to reclaim 100 deer stakes and guards. Then we joined the others at the planting site, where we helped finish planting the 210 trees, Oak, Italian Alder, Field Maple and Wild Cherry. Cake was lemon drizzle.
Posted by Simon Lyes at 00:31
Saturday, 7 December 2013
|"Coconut Kiss", nicer than last Christmas's choc mint liqueur.|
|Vashti and Dianne put on brave faces.|
Posted by Simon Lyes at 07:15
Saturday, 30 November 2013
|Dave and Philip enjoying the winter sun.|
Posted by Simon Lyes at 06:07
|Parents, children, CVTS types and local MP, and Harvey the dog.|
To paraphrase John Milton, those who also served, myself and Steve counted out the necessary 200 canes and spirals at the Nursery at 9.00am.
Posted by Simon Lyes at 05:20
Thursday, 28 November 2013
Guy and I went on a site visit to Wholestone Moor, to develop a planting plan for the 1000 trees that are to be put there. While on site we saw a hare (lovely) and a deer (not so lovely, as there was plenty of evidence of it having been eating trees). Guy hopes to reconcile his Buddhist beliefs, vegetarianism, and squeamishness, with his desire to cull these tree-eating cervine scum.
Posted by Simon Lyes at 09:29
Saturday, 23 November 2013
|The new tubes standing out against the old. Photo by Duncan|
Posted by Simon Lyes at 11:19
Sunday, 17 November 2013
Saturday, 16 November 2013
|From the left: Geoff, Vashti, Philip, Jess, Ben, Dianne, Remy.|
Posted by Simon Lyes at 07:04
Sunday, 10 November 2013
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Saturday, 9 November 2013
|Beginning planting, old Tree Society planting of Hemplow Wood in distance, looking nice and Autumnal.|
While we were doing all this, Philip Guy were at the Nursery selling our logs. And Dianne, Peter, Trevor and Brian were at Meltham Cop removing old guards.
Photos by Geoff, as I spent all the sunny hour dragging stakes and guards up the hill.
Dave went back a couple of days later and planted the 20 remaining trees, and counted 91 deer stakes and guards still on site.
|Assembled throng break for chocolate cake.|
Posted by Simon Lyes at 07:18
Thursday, 31 October 2013
Saturday, 26 October 2013
|Steve, Remy and Geoff, with the fruits of our labours.|
Dave and Guy also served, working at the nursery cutting up logs and trimming hedges.
Comments on the general state at Scammonden, lots of good growth across the site, with relatively few failures. Sitka Spruce (?) along the top of the site are not doing too well. They are small, tiny in fact,, and getting swamped by grass in the tubes, but not all dying. The relatively large proportion of salvaged Hare guards represents the higher failure rate of Scots Pine and Sitka Spruce.
Posted by Simon Lyes at 07:28
Saturday, 19 October 2013
This morning myself, Ben, Geoff, Duncan and Harvey the dog took more materials up to Butterley. There are now 240 deer guards on site, and 290 stakes (I think). First day of planting is likely to be early to mid November, as the nurseries are not putting out the deliveries of trees until then (ideally, trees should be dormant for the winter before handling and transporting). We shared de-caff coffee, and some Foxes biscuits while we were up there. And Geoff and Duncan photographed lots of mushrooms.
|Ben takes a well earned break.|
Posted by Simon Lyes at 06:30
Sunday, 13 October 2013
Not the most lovely of mornings, but we set to a variety of jobs. Dave and Ben worked on the fence. Philip and Guy cut and bagged logs. Myself, Geoff, Remy and new recruit Vashti took 160 stakes and 180 guards up to Butterley, and got fairly wet doing it. Duncan went to the Golf course to do some pruning. Cake was the ever popular date and walnut.
Posted by Simon Lyes at 06:58
Monday, 30 September 2013
|Tubes for re-use this Winter.|
We retrieved 46 deer guards and left them by the fallen pine at the Northerly end of the site, and another 35 left under the tree above the Scout hut car park. We will return to the site in the coming months and plant new trees using those stakes and guards.
We also found 120 stakes and guards from the other end of the site, and took those to Outlane, for planting there.
We were, Stephen, Remy, Dave, Ben, Philip, Neil, Trevor, Jess and myself. Guy and Mandy were also on site, but at the other end. And we were joined by local journalist Marie-Claire, and her dog.Cake was lemon drizzle.
Sad to say though that we did find evidence of deer having nibbled at the young trees, despite our use of tall guards. It was most evident at the end of the site, next to some established woodland, suggesting that the deer lie up in the woodland, and pop out for a bite to eat now and then. I suppose its nice that we are supporting biodiversity, even if that does mean providing snacks for deer.
Posted by Simon Lyes at 00:25
Saturday, 14 September 2013
Myself, Dave, Geoff and Ben met at the nursery. We put up a bit more fencing, then split up. Dave and Ben stayed on to tidy the nursery, and myself and Geoff went up to Scammonden. There we removed 48 deer guards and 21 hare guards from failures, from the area nearest to the pines and start of the Scout hut track. We piled up the stakes and guards nicely, and can return to replant using those this winter. Geoff and myself only covered small area of the hillside, but still found 70+ failures that can be replaced. Re-using the stakes and guards in this way will save us a great deal of money, meaning we will be able to plant 2 trees on site for every £1 donated. A £250 pledge from the Green Building Store will enable us to plant 500 trees.
There were a lot of flies up there though. And lots of nettles. We were very brave.
There were a lot of flies up there though. And lots of nettles. We were very brave.
Posted by Simon Lyes at 07:56
Saturday, 31 August 2013
|Dave despairs of the standard of our workmanship.|
|One of the muppets at work, and a soft toy we found in the bushes.|
Posted by Simon Lyes at 07:05
Saturday, 3 August 2013
|Hats for all!|
Thursday, 25 July 2013
|Me and my bouquet.|
Saturday, 20 July 2013
|Jess's unorthodox method of securing wood while sawing.|
|Remy and Dave chopping and bagging.|
Posted by Simon Lyes at 09:28
Saturday, 6 July 2013
|Ben, Geoff and Philip adrift in a sea of fern.|
|Ben looks hot, Guy looks like a panther about to pounce, and Geoff looks casual.|
|After all the work, you can see trees, and the trees can see the sun.|
Posted by Simon Lyes at 00:23
Saturday, 22 June 2013
|Remy wearing fetching midge-net hat. And Harvey, who looks a bit like half a dog in this picture..|
|Philip rehydrating, cleared understorey in background|
|Geoff and Philip hard at it.|
Posted by Simon Lyes at 06:49
Saturday, 8 June 2013
|Philip and Remy do interpretive dance in the Society's new performance space.|
|The more or less finished item.|
Posted by Simon Lyes at 02:19
Saturday, 25 May 2013
|Guy, Ben, Mandy, Ben and Dave. And blue sky!|
Towards the end Guy and Dave became fixated on some old concreted in fence posts at the bottom end of the poly tunnel. They enjoyed subjecting these to considerable violence.
Posted by Simon Lyes at 05:29
Thursday, 18 April 2013
|Cath with tree|
Posted by Simon Lyes at 03:29
Monday, 15 April 2013
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Saturday, 13 April 2013
|Stephen, Dave, and a box of scones.|
The Senior Section, Ramsay, Brian, Trevor, Peter (and Ben?) went to Meltham Cop to finish up there.
Posted by Simon Lyes at 03:55
Saturday, 6 April 2013
Lovely sunny morning with snow still on the ground (and piled up alongside roads). Myself, Philip, Dave, Neil, Jess and Andrew went to Scammonden and planted 120 Oak and Rowan. Had fruit cake, and looked at the Heron's meeting in the trees on the opposite side of the reservoir like they did last year. Trevor, Peter, Dianne and Ben went to Meltham Cop and staked and guarded 200 trees. Just one more Saturday of planting left? Then a nice rest.
|Dave, Andrew, Jess and Neil|
Posted by Simon Lyes at 23:26
Saturday, 30 March 2013
Plenty of cakes left to eat in the pub, where the conversation ranged widely from Quidditch rules to lost woolly hats and electrocution.
Posted by Simon Lyes at 11:59
Saturday, 16 March 2013
|Eating cake and admiring our handiwork. Remy, me, Hap and Cath.|
And thanks again to Tara and family for a very generous donation to Society funds.
|Cath, hedge, trees.|
Posted by Simon Lyes at 08:59
Monday, 11 March 2013
|Ben, and Jess|
Posted by Simon Lyes at 07:12
Saturday, 2 March 2013
|Packing up, job done. 2500 trees in total.|
Posted by Simon Lyes at 06:48
Saturday, 23 February 2013
|Ropey photo I know, but you can see the nascent hedge, and all the trees planted in the field in the distance.|
Tree Society folk were: Ben, Philip, myself, Stephen, Peter, Hap, Geoff, Remy, Duncan (and Harvey the dog) and Dave. Planting some oaks in the adjoining field were Brian, Peter, Ramsay, Trevor and Dianne. Cake was a very nice coconut and lime sponge.
Then we retired to the Sair in Linthwaite for our mid-season meeting. Dianne provided us all with soup and bread. And the meeting went quickly as several present wished to get home to watch the rugby.
Posted by Simon Lyes at 03:23
Saturday, 16 February 2013
|Philip, Guy, Dave, Andrew, Hap and Stephen|
Posted by Simon Lyes at 23:41
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Saturday, 9 February 2013
|These people planted 550 trees today. Photo by Duncan.|
|Maxime hard at work planting, while Philip and Andrew idly chat.|
Posted by Simon Lyes at 08:26