Pont-ar-Daf remains our big focus. As I write this we have a contractor just starting to take his harvesting machine in to tackle the larger northern section. We do like a nice big machine, so it would be rude not to post a picture.
Please take note of any warning signs around Pont-ar-Daf whilst the work is going on, the machines and trees are a lot bigger than you. This work should all be finished by the end of February.
Timber harvested is making its way into fencing products, gates, sawn timber for construction, pallets and bio-fuel for power stations.
We also have some logs that we have kept for ourselves. We will be milling these at the end of February. This will help keep our Access and Estate teams in timber for gates, boardwalks, fencing and construction projects. Certainly helps keep our product miles down, for some items it’ll just be a handful of miles. In fact, the finished product may only be 100m from where it grew.
We’ve managed to get away from Pont-ar-Daf a few times too. We’ve been planting trees in what we call the ‘plantaion’ in the Upper Tarell Valley. We planted this block last year, but we had quite a few trees die, due to the dry spring. We were back planting or ‘beating up’ the gaps with two of our full time volunteers, Jonny and Simon.
Before the snow we had a lot of wet weather, this caused one of the banks to slip on the Tarell river. Several large trees came down with it, so we have been clearing them out of the river before they cause a blockage.
February will see our concentration kept on Pont-ar-Daf, but should also see the rides cut on the Skirrid to maintain access and a variety of habitats for woodland wildlife, especially the butterflies. The woods team will also be joining Simon and Jonny who have been helping out with our veteran tree survey, to help them categorise some tricky trees at Clytha.
Back to the woods now,