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Forestry Work

Forestry Work

The first step of any forestry operation is establishing good tracks. This is key for efficient timber extraction. Our  site in Muddiford proved slightly tricky with extremely steep ground and a main road below the trees.  

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Beautiful woodlands

Beautiful woodlands

Selective thinning is important even in established woodland to allow sunlight onto the forest floor. These local woods are stunning with many beautiful Beech trees.

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Roadside clearance

Roadside clearance

Ash dieback can cause a problem if the trees are too close to a road. Here we are roadside on the A361 clearing a significant amount of ash wood. A big thanks to Evans Transport for helping me carry the timber back to my yard for processing into logs for the fire....

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Storm Ciara brings down a huge beech tree

Storm Ciara brings down a huge beech tree

It seems like the storm season has arrived. This huge beech tree was brought down by the strong winds of storm Ciara. We found it was weakened by disease. It took several days to process into logs.

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A new system to lift and deliver logs

A new system to lift and deliver logs

I have recently invested in a new trailer with a crane attached. In future my logs will be bagged and lifted using the crane. Here we are processing a lovely load of hardwood logs. Just need some better weather!

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A good day just splitting logs

A good day just splitting logs

I have been asked many times if I would just split logs. And the answer is yes. Here is a picture of a recent job near Barnstaple. Just splitting and stacking all in good time for winter.

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A Swedish log candle (a well seasoned burning log)

A Swedish log candle (a well seasoned burning log)

The Swedish log candle is a great idea as we found out a friend's BBQ recently in Bideford. You simply need a well seasoned log and I would suggest Ash. Make two length way cuts that divide the log into four almost to the base. Drop a little fire lighter down the...

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Ash one of the best firewood logs

Ash one of the best firewood logs

Common Ash is found in many parts of Europe. It is England's third most common tree. Here are some beautiful Ash rings. Ash makes one of the best sources of firewood.

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There is a chill in the air

There is a chill in the air

As the Autumn is upon us and the winter is nearing the demand for well seasoned logs is growing. I have been working hard to keep up with demand. This is a pile of two year old seasoned hardwood that is ready to be delivered this week.  

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An old Hawthorn tree at grandma’s

An old Hawthorn tree at grandma’s

A lovely old tree at my grandma's house in Instow had died and needed felling. A really awkward job but our family lab Tilly was on hand to give advice! It provided my grandma with quite a few good hardwood logs that will see her through next winter when fully...

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Knowledge and Timber!

Knowledge and Timber!

Recently, while walking in the Touchwood Shopping center in Solihull, I saw a lovely quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes…..’Knowledge and timber shouldn’t be much used till they are seasoned’.

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Tall Trees news

Tall Trees news

Not quite the Giant Redwoods of Yosemite National park but nevertheless a beautiful set of trees. It was a pleasure to work on these old giants. Glad it wasn’t too windy!

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Log Splitter Lange Firewood

Log Splitter Lange Firewood

I have a new red member to my team! My tree surgery and Langefirewood businesses are becoming really busy. The hot summer has ensured perfectly dry logs for this winter. Up until now I have split all my logs by hand using an axe. As the work load has increased I have...

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