Woodland Project

In life many people have ambitions and dreams, mine was to plant a woodland and watch it mature, fortunately my partner, Mike, shared this dream. It took a few years to find the perfect field but once we signed on the dotted line there was no turning back. We were that keen we started by planting a hedge and a test area using trees we had been nurturing for the years we were looking for the field. We spent many hours planting being very pleased with our efforts but mother nature wasn’t too impressed firstly withholding the rain then by letting Jack Frost make a late appearance at the end of June. In all we probably lost 15% of the plants but learnt from the experience, the remainder of the site was to be planted using a professional paid for by a woodland creation grant. We chose to prepare and submit the grant application ourselves and by some kind of miricle we were awarded the grant enabling the purchase of 4500 native trees, their supports and guards and most importantly securing the service of James Witty a local grounds maintenance specialist. James started work the first week of January 2012 finishing the planting by the end of the same month. After such an investment we were determined to keep as many of these trees alive as possible so at Easter we enbarked on digging an irrigation pond. From the moment the mini digger and dumper truck arrived it rained and rain and rained some more. The pond filled and the trees enjoyed the rain, to date we have not needed the pond for its purpose but it it has proved to be an excellent feature. Talking of featues that is what the soil from the pond was used for, mountsin bike/snowboarding features (maybe a little optomistic?). The soil was placed to create our own personal mountain bike track, which has also proved popular with the resident hares! The starting ramp also provides a great vantage point for the area with views of the iconic Hornsea water tower to the north and to the south east the route of the Hull to Hornsea railway, now part of the Trans Pennine Trail. Now that it is summer the work continues with periodic selective weedkilling around the base of each of the 5000 or so trees along with the maintenance of the protective spirals used to frustrate the hares as they are forced to eat grass. As you may appreciate many hours can be passed whist maintaining the area and even though the field is only a brisk 5 minute walk away we were concered about getting caught short (and ladies can’t just go behind a tree, especially when the trees are only a little over a foot tall and surrounded by two foot tall nettles and thistles). The solution was the construction of a treebog (google it!). We are now the proud owners of probably the best treebog in the country (if not the world). Anyway as they say a picture can say a thousand words so enjoy the many, many words.
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