Reaping the benefits of our surroundings

In our last update, we mentioned that we would be milling timber for the estate at the end of February. Well, dates slipped due to a run of bad weather and we finally milled in March.A bit of office maths has revealed that by using our own timber and doing the work ourselves, we will have saved 75% on material costs. The office calculator won’t go quite as far as working out our reduced product miles, or carbon saving, but we can predict that it is considerably lower than the bought in alternatives.

We have cleared a corner in our yard in preparation of new arrivals. The bottom end of the garden used to accommodate chickens and has also served us as a tree nursery. This spring though, it becomes home to several hives of bees. Our beekeeper is hopeful for a good harvest of honey. The unimproved pasture and small woodlands around us in the Tarell Valley should provide a great nectar source. Just above our base is an area of heather moor that is also rather desirable to the bees.

Clearing away the old chicken run to make space for bee hives.

The last of the larch trees have been cleared from Pont-ar-Daf as part of our Phytophthora ramorum control works. Work will continue on site as we now have the go ahead to improve access around the site.

Just had a wander through one of our Forest School sites this morning and met some newcomers.This reminds me of a report just published by the National Trust about children getting out to play in the outdoors and the rise of ‘nature defecit disorder’. The decline, benefits, barriers and the future of outdoor play are explored. The most interesting statistic for me was that three times more children are admitted to hospital for falling out of bed than for falling out of trees.
The full report is here:
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/what-we-do/news/view-page/item788564/
as are details of how you can contribute.

Time to perfect our tree climbing now,
The woods team.

 

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