My brother sprang a nice surprise on me this weekend again with a visit with his chainsaw. He's buying a house and wants to make sure he does some jobs for me before he need to be working on his own place (and so that I'll also be available to help him when he gets it).
|The big tree inthe middle is an old willow tree leaning into the field.|
Looking around the fields we decided that the one oak that needs a lot of work doing to it was too big of a task to do on a Sunday and he'd possibly need another climber with him, so we settled for some willows on the property line.
The whole hedge is overgrown and neglected but provides a nice barrier so I'm not going to attack it too much, but there are a few trees growing out over the field that need attention. The one willow was very rotten in the middle and would probably fall if left for too many more years. We decided to pollard it, so new growth would be produced at the top of the tree trunk (away from rabbits) and in this way it would have a new crop of wood on it in a few years time.
Trees used to be pollarded for many reasons, to produce a leaf hay to store food for animals in the winter, to produce timber for different things like basket making or hurdles and now people pollard to produce an attractive shape for their trees.
|It needed climbing to tackle it so not a job for me!|
|The tree pretty much finished with Dave just roped into the last branch|
|The tree finished, this should regrow well and produce some more fire wood in a few years time|
|One pile of firewood|
|Even the smaller branches get used for fire wood when I'm cutting it up|
|The second pile from another willow|
|The piles of brash ready to be burnt when it's dried out a bit.|
As well as this willow Dave also managed to do another, much more awkward willow and a few small ash that were growing from the base of a much bigger tree, adding to the pile of future firewood.
Hopefully all this wood will go some way to provide for next years heating (once I've got it cut, split and stacked) and although I know it's not a great wood it still burns well in our wood burner if it's dry.
Anyone else been pollarding trees for firewood or other reasons?