Saturday, 26 November 2016

Keep on keepin' on

Today we were high up above Marsden planting a long hedge and some trees. We were: Stephen O., Stephen K., Steve, Tanya, Robert, Hap, Philip, Dave, Jess and Lee, Dianne and Lizzie the dog, Duncan and Harvey the dog, Ben and Solo the dog, Geoff, John and myself.

We planted 510 trees and hedging plants this morning. Which is a pretty heroic effort. Though we did have to keep on keepin' on til 1pm.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Everybody is a star

Somebody wake Hap up!
This Thursday morning five of us went back to Huck Hill and planted another 80 or so trees. We were: myself, Stephen, Dianne, Dave and Hap. Scones had been freshly made by Ann.

Well done everyone!

This leaves 60 Downy Birch and 30 Alder to be planted at this site (all of which are at the nursery).

Saturday, 19 November 2016


Mystery guest and his political hat.
This week we were back at Huck Hill. The weather was not kind, and the ground here is still the hardest digging we ever do. Nevertheless we planted around 200 trees. We were: myself, Dave, Philip, Guy, Cath, Steve, Lesley and Robert, Adrian, Jess, Dianne and Lizzie the dog, Ben and Solo the dog, Iain, and Geoff. Cake was sticky ginger.

I guess we still have another 150 trees to plant here, which is either another days team work, or a little hobby for me on my days off!

Dave and his deckchair.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Heartbroken, in disrepair.

I popped back up to Huck Hill, and dug another 20 holes ready for next Saturday.

Unfortunately, I broke Dave's new toy. Only had 4 days of use, so am filling out the Amazon return form now...

Saturday, 12 November 2016


Today were were up at Huck Hill, Marsden. We were: Iain (who's field it is) myself, Philip, Geoff, Hap, Stephen, Peter T., Cath, Dave, Ben and Solo the dog, and Adrian.

To the best of my recollection we planted 52 Hawthorn (out of 60), 90 Downy Birch (out of 105), 13 Oaks (extras from Stephen's garden), 95 Scots Pine (out of 105).

Cake was an adorable coconut and cherry affair, which some people had 3 bits of.

Back here again next week for more punishment! (heavy digging) (so many parentheses today).

This week, a wildly inappropriate (but classic) country tune.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Thank U

Doug, Rebecca, Guy and Philip

Today we had a visit from Rebecca Speight, Chief Executive of the Woodland Trust.

Myself, Philip, Guy (in his White Rose Forest role) met Rebecca and Doug Edmundson, Woodland Trust Woodland Creation Advisor (North Central).

We took a quick tour of Hemplow Wood and expressed our extreme gratitude to them for the support that the Woodland Trust has given us in recent years.

Me, Guy, Doug and Rebecca

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Apple blossom

A game of two teams today. Myself, Duncan and Harvey the dog, John, Ben and Solo the dog went back to Highwood to finish planting 75 Oaks, plus another 13 Oaks home grown by Stephen. Duncan was very proud of how the apple trees he planted here have done, and took fruit home.

Meanwhile..Philip, Geoff, Hap, Cath, ,Dave, Diane, Jess, Lesley and Robert, Stephen, Steve and Adrian went to Cop Hill Slaithwaite to plant 375 assorted trees. I believe they were assisted by Neil, Julie and Seth.

Cake was also Apple!

Geoff likes to pretend he is digging for Time Team.