Planting for future woodturners!

20 March 2012, Sustainability and the environment, Would you like to leave a comment?

I’ve just been helping with a major tree planting project which will take until Easter to complete. This is one of the many outside jobs I love doing and gives me a huge amount of satisfaction. This picture was taken at Kirkland near Appleby at the start of a full days planting. With three of us working together, we should easily be able to plant 900 trees in a day. The photo shows the wooden stakes laid out, marking the spot where each tree will be planted.

As you can see, it's not all hard work. Here we have Will and Will both with dogs called Nell - this did cause some confusion throughout the day!

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The same site during late afternoon. All the stakes have been knocked in firmly (someone usually draws the short straw for this!) and the trees have been tubed. The tubes offer protection from animals and encourage growth in a straight controlled manner. We missed our target and planted 800, but this was due to the steep terrain and poor accessibility. The ground was also very hard in places, slowing progress slightly.

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I’ll post more pictures as work progresses - the next site I'm planting is huge and should look quite dramatic when completed.

Jonathan Leech

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Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

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