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.

  • This was really interesting – it looks like it was hard work too but I bet the finished clearing will give you so much more space for growing. I really enjoy these outdoors posts because this year I want to get involved in things like this and make sure I'm more active outside. I can't wait to see the finished result! – Tasha

  • Just a really awesome thing to be doing, lugging trees about with huge gadgets!

  • I bet you were exhausted after all that! Actually it looks like loads of fun, an excellent work out and very satisfying. Wouldn't mind chopping a tree down some time!

  • cutting down trees is dangerous work. You look like you have the necessary skill set, but please don't get cut or crushed. I've seen some pretty ghastly accidents in this line of endeavor. You really are a country woman. You'd do well over here in the Smoky Mountains.

  • Thank you very much for your feedback- it's really helpful to understand what posts my readers enjoy 🙂 Good luck with your aim to get more outdoorsy. There are sooo many things you can do- I recommend getting an OS map of your local area and looking for circular walks. It's so much fun using maps to find your way- feels like an achievement when you get it right! x

  • It was fun but tiring moving all the brash to burn. It's mixed emotions seeing a tree fall- happy to have space to grow other things and let other trees near by get more light but also sad that it has been there for decades and now it is no longer! x

  • Thanks 🙂

  • It is, but my step dad does the main bulk for us an he is very experienced. I stand well back and hold the dog! I would love to visit the Smoky Mountain one day and do some hiking
    Miss Tulip

  • Good progress already. That evergreen did look as though it was a bit smothered, and will benefit from the extra light. Best part of course is the smell of a proper bonfire! 🙂