Lessons in being a lumberjack

On with the steel-toed boots and hard hat today. I had intended to make it to the Skelton Grange Conservation Centre for their volunteer workday long before the last time, a year ago, but you know how it is.

Anyway, I chose a great day: cold and pelting with rain. On the other hand, the daffodils were a picture.

And I got to take part in the pollarding of a 15-20 year old willow, which wasn’t weeping but could have collapsed in an ungainly manner into the music zone. (You can see some of the ‘instruments’ in the right foreground.)

Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed sawing and cutting – but only once the main branches were down. We did get to use rope to direct their fall, though. The daffodils got a bit bashed but the music zone was safe.

Not sure I’m going to need these skills at home in the near future but glad to have had some hands-on experience. You just never know.


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
This entry was posted in Days out, Good for the environment and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Lessons in being a lumberjack

  1. Kalamain says:

    You have a chainsaw license??? AWESOME!

    Glad you had fun!

I love to read about your own experiences and any other feedback you have, so look forward to your comments below.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.