Coed Mitchen

November 19, 2015
Meanwhile, back in Powys, it was goodbye to another load of timber.  57 gate posts and over 500 fence posts plus the odd 16ft sawlog.


 

Ynyslas beach

November 19, 2015
Having completed another load of timber from Coed Mitchen, we thought it might be time for the Works Outing!  We drove to Ynyslas beach on the Ceredigion coast and then rode down the beach to Borth and back.  Elza seemed to enjoy splashing about in the sea on this lovely Autumn day.



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Poles Coppice

July 25, 2015
We had a really successful Introduction to Horse Logging course on 15 August; great participants and great weather.



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Cefn Rofft

July 25, 2015
Cefn Rofft is an ancient smallholding near Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr in Denbighshire.  It is designated as a SSSI because of the unimproved grasslands but it is gradually being invaded by bracken from the surrounding woodlands.  I was contacted by Natural Resources Wales to undertake bracken bashing for the owner.  The main concern was to control the bracken in order to preserve the rare greater butterfly orchid which have increased greatly in number since the SSSI was first designated.




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Earl's Hill

July 16, 2015
I received some nice pictures taken of me and Elza working tab Earl's Hill earlier in the year.  Here's one of them.



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Centre for Alternative Technology

March 5, 2015
Last weekend was spend working with fellow horse-logger Barbara Haddrill putting on two one-day courses for those interested in horse logging.  The courses were fully booked and we had a good bunch of people on both days.  They learned about the horses, harness and equipment that we use and had a chance to have a go with Barbara's mare Tyler and with Elza through an obstacle course and also moving some timber down from CAT's woodland.

 
Elza taking a break at the CAT

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Harrowing at home

March 5, 2015
As February closed it was a last chance to get our fields harrowed.  Some dry and slightly frosty mornings allowed us to get that done without too many hoof marks.



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Coed Mitchen

February 10, 2015
Finally, I'm saying good bye to the stack of timber in the lay-by at our wood, Coed Mitchen.  It was all wind-blown larch and spruce knocked over in the storms of 2014.  There is still more to do and it was added to by the first storms of 2015, so its back to the chainsaw to get another load ready for Elza to haul out.  This load went for fencing: 8ft gate posts, 7ft and 5ft 7in fence posts plus five 16ft sawlogs; its nice to see it used for more than just firewood.



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Coed yr Ystrad

February 9, 2015
This was a small contract for the new owner of 60 acre woodland.  The previous owner had clear-felled an area of larch leaving just the broadleaved trees, mostly mature beech, which had unfortunately been badly effected by storms in 2014. Our job was to extract the beech, which had mostly uprooted and fallen, for firewood.  While most of the timber could be pulled out down hill, it was a difficult site to work because of the amount of brash remaining from the larch felling. However, Elza was ...
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The Breidden

July 27, 2014
Last week Elza and I completed our third year of bracken rolling at the Breidden SSSI.  Early starts and early finishes were the order of the day so that we could get as much done before the blazing sun overheated us both.  Beck snapped this using Hipstermatic as I went to get Elza one morning.





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