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Coppicing has taken up much of the day.
It’s remarkable just how much wood can be grown from scratch on a small amount of land.
It’s safe to say that there is a surplus of wood here, much of which will continue to grow until next winter.
Coppicing increases the amount of wood growing, as each cut tree will produces up to half a dozen more trees and so the stock increases.
The logs are easy to cut, no chainsaw is required and the cut wood dries out quicker.
The brushwood makes excellent kindling!
This is the most environmentally friendly energy on the planet, totally renewable and beneficial to wildlife, water and air!
Can it get any better?
Then why, oh why are governments not rushing to plant deciduous trees and develop wood-burning stove systems in homes?
Cutting back hedging and dead growth continues apace…I can see the steps once more!
Spurge has come up early, carpeting the Fairy Wood with soft green.
There is a gradual movement of green through the land from this Spurge, all the way through to the Mosses and Lichens of Autumn.
The badgers will come through the wood soon and disturb some of this Spurge in their quest for food, but that disturbance will help in the spreading of this lovely carpet.
As it begins to die back a little, the primroses will make their appearance…and so the succession continues.
Clouds have maintained a westerly sweep, in from the Atlantic Ocean, heavy with rain.
The wind has calmed down, thankfully…I worry that my cottage roof may get blown away.
It’s old and in need of replacement!
More rain is on the way.
The forecast is simply that, more rain to follow!
Still, living on a hill is a bonus, for as I turn around and point the camera at the wide expanse of sky, it is blue…and there’s the moon!