Willow, reed & alder

No bare chest’s here I’m afraid to say, to dam cold!

Wympole & Wratsworth

What was in store for us this week? What was in store for us this week?

More willow sets More willow sets

Piles of 'em Piles of ’em

The last of the willow sets were struck into the wet

Mowing the trash Mowing the trash

soil at Cobbs wood farm but we did have to mow the dead vegetation even in the exceedingly wet areas. We are hoping that this wet area will be perfect for the willow sets to grow. Next job for the day was to plough the Buttercup meadow next to the Woodyard.

Ploughing last years wheat stubble Ploughing last years wheat stubble

However we had left a few weedy stooks in the field for the wildlife to munch on over the winter but now they were in the way so the best way to get rid of the very coarse vegetation was to burn it.

Burning the old stooks Burning the old stooks

Ditto Ditto

Now we could plough the field but it won’t have and arable crops sown into it this spring…

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About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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