We cleared out some sick Elm trees from the river bank this week. It is all part of the programme to open up the river bank down at the Turnditch Orchard Project. We used cable winches to prevent the trees falling into the river and a chain saw to cut the trees. I made good use of my new wader boots as the dummy in the water.
It is a lot more open than it used to be when we first took possession of the field. There's a couple of pictures below showing the before state.
|The river bank before cut back. Notice the marked trees.
|Our dog getting ready for a paddle.
There is of course a very large pile of wood now awaiting destruction by burning on site. We don't want to risk spreading the disease any further. I'll devise some kind of furnace to keep the fire temperatures high. Elm is usually not a very good firewood, if left to its own devices it usually produces a lot of acrid smoke when it burns in an open fire.
This tree removal work will make space for us to introduce some erosion control on the river banks.