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Ken Hume
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Post Storm Bounty
on: February 24, 2022, 08:10
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Storm Eunice (Feb 2022) has brought down a tall twin stemmed bird cherry tree (pd 1959) growing in a larch plantation. Fungal decay is seen at the junction of the twin stems. The main trunk will be cut below the affected area and hopefully will regrow.

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This timber is useable for turnery and planking purposes.

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More rare timber is becoming available including some reasonable sized (6 - 8" dia) blackthorne logs that could be sawn to produce colourful fruit wood planks.

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We will put some selected blackwood logs on the saw and cut this thru and thru to help reveal the bounty and beauty of the wood contained within. This outwardly rough tree is valued mainly for the autumnal production of sloes but in past times it was used to produce briar pipes.

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Post Re: Storm Bounty
on: February 11, 2023, 20:12
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A year later (Feb 2023) the bird cherry tree was cut down into 4ft (chord firewood) and 8ft (plank) lengths.

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The pollarded trunk has been left to regrow and provide both a good floral display and bird food.

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Heart rot was observed in the lower part of the twin stems and the main trunk.The timber is light and splits / cleaves easily.

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Post Re: Storm Bounty
on: February 14, 2023, 07:52
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The Bird cherry chordwood has been extracted by wheel barrow for processing into firewood.

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The planking logs are very heavy and will be extracted to the sawmill using the Land Rover to tow out the logs.

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This is fairly urgent to help avoid damage to emerging blue bells.

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Post Re: Storm Bounty
on: November 16, 2023, 08:51
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It would appear that forest ecosystems can benefit from high cut tree stumps as reported by http://Forest.fi

High stumps increase biodiversity – new instructions now available

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