Sunday, 13 March 2016

A Day Out and a Bit of Pruning

We had a day out in Lancashire on Friday visiting the East Lancashire Railway’s spring steam gala. It was misty and murky travelling over the Pennines but the mist disappeared and the sun came out making it feel like spring had actually arrived. 
Saturday morning wasn’t too bad either and we decided on an afternoon at the allotment. I’ve been planning for some time now to cut down a conifer tree that has been growing on the plot for almost as long as we’ve had an allotment. 
You can just see it to the right of this photo taken a couple of years ago. There’s nothing wrong with the tree except that it shades three beds and it’s starting to affect how our crops grow in these beds. Sad as it is I decided it was time to fell it. It didn’t take me as long as I expected. It had produced three main trunks from the base rather than one really thick one.
All I’ve got to do now is tidy up the mess. I think that’s going to take me much longer than it did to cut down the tree. I’ll have to remove the side branches from the main trunks before I even consider trying to move the tree trunks due to the weight of them.
I was pleased that I managed to get the trunks to fall in the right directions and avoid demolishing either our shed or our kiwi fedge. 

I did have time to dig up a few parsnips as well and the ground was very wet. Trying to dig it in its current state will do more harm than good so it will be left for a couple of weeks until it dries out a bit. We’ve plenty of other tidying up jobs to be getting on with!


  1. can I as a member of the OCD exactly horizontal club beg for more care in the publication of the top photo please, not up to your usual high standard still let you both off as it is a steam loco................only joking of course

    1. The track is cambered for high speed running!

  2. Nice job on the tree felling, there's quite a knack to it I imagine. As you say, it will no doubt take longer to get rid of it than to chop it down.

    1. I don't know the knack to tree felling. There was an enormous amount of luck involved.


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