Thursday, 31 October 2013

More Butterley prep

There are now 300 deer guards and 330 deer stakes on site at Butterley. First day of proper planting will be (fingers crossed for delivery of trees) Saturday 9th November.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Scammonden scroungers

Steve, Remy and Geoff, with the fruits of our labours.
This morning we were at Scammonden again, retreiving stakes and guards, and weeding where necessary. We were: myself, Remy, Geoff, and first-timer Steve.It was a bit damp and drizzly at first, but cleared up by the end. We salvaged 67 Hare stakes and guards, and 33 Deer stakes and guards . All of which we left piled up behind the wall below Baker's Acre planting.

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.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Butterley prep work

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.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Drizzle and odd jobs

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.