Felling trees

Jennifer Tulip in warm clothes
As spring is fast approaching, I have been keen to make a vegetable patch but living in a wood can make usually simple tasks, more difficult. The issue is trees. They are always in he bloomin’ way. So, this weekend we started to clear an area of trees to make way for the future food growing zone. Trees not only take up so much space, they also shade the ground making it hard for smaller plants to grow. 
I was super pleased to be sent a pair of leather gloves from Sutton Seeds to protect my hands while working in the wood. They are waterproof and lined with a soft fabric for ultimate comfort. They fit snugly to my hands and provided excellent protection throughout the day.  
This is the area where the vegetable patch will be dug. The dog pen will be moved somewhere else. 
Felling trees is always difficult in a wood because guess what’s in the way; trees! When a tree is cut, the top can fall then get caught up in neighbouring trees, making them very difficult to get down. We used a winch to guide the trees in the direction we wanted them to fall, but it doesn’t always go to plan.
The falling tree doesn’t look as impressive in the photo as it did at the time it was falling!
The evergreen tree is a Californian redwood that will benefit from the trees around it being removed, allowing it to get more light. 

It’s hard to see the how clear the area is compared to before in a photo. There will be plenty of room for an orchard, a vegetable plot and the raspberry canes.

The brash from the trees was burnt as there was so much of it. The trunks will be cut into logs to put on the wood burner.

Jennifer Tulip working in the wood
I’m a bit jerky with the timber forwarder but its fun getting some practice. It makes manoeuvring the heavy tree trunks a doddle. 
Jennifer Tulip cutting brash

It was dark by the time we had finished so couldn’t get a photo of the result, However, there’s still quite a few trees in the area to come down so  I can do an update in the next few weeks.

By Jenni Tulip

I'm a bright-haired, hill walking, magpie whispering, skull collecting, tree hugging, money saving, bird watching, happy campervanning, ferret fanatic, woodland dweller sharing my stories and passion for the outdoors to inspire you to immerse yourself in nature.