Barn Owl Nest Box Installed

Barn owl nest box braced into tree

I got a hand crafted Barn Owl nest box from my brother for Christmas and it has sat there waiting for the right opportunity to be fitted. Today was the day. In order to fit the electric lights in the roof of the new shed we needed to hire an access platform as it really… Continue reading Barn Owl Nest Box Installed

Preparing another ‘sole use’ dog field

Clearing a path through coppice

The bee hives have been moved so it was out with the loppers and secateurs this morning, clearing overhanging brambles and branches to create new paths through the trees. It’s a small field, fully fenced and stocked with a crop of short rotation coppice (mainly alder and sycamore) with some clearings all of which is… Continue reading Preparing another ‘sole use’ dog field

Growing Firewood – Year six update

Growing Firewood - Eucalyptus Gunni - five years of growth

We originally chose a six year trial for hybrid willow to test the claims made by retailers of the willow for firewood production. Not a particularly scientific approach but, hopefully, it might be useful to share the findings: Hybrid WillowThese were established willow stools which had been previously cut annually to provide more plants. Bred… Continue reading Growing Firewood – Year six update

2018 Hedge Planting

Don't panic! Time is of the essence.

Our 2018 hedge plants have arrived so it is crucial to get them planted as fast as possible to give the transplants the very best chance of survival. The plants arrived at 2pm and were all ‘heeled in’ by 5pm in an ‘on site’ trench where they will remain until removed for planting out in… Continue reading 2018 Hedge Planting

Work starts in our new Coppice

Our first harvest of Alder from the coppice planted in 2010

It really doesn’t seem that long ago that we were pricking out these trees as seedlings and growing them on in pots ready for planting out. It turns out we started planting out in this field in 2010. It was a bit of a milestone to be starting to do the first cut on selected… Continue reading Work starts in our new Coppice

Scrapes for wildlife

One of our wildlife 'Scrapes' drying out

Whilst clearing out are farm ponds last Autumn, whilst the digger was on site we also took the opportunity of putting in a series of wildlife ‘scrapes’. Our scrapes quickly filled up with rainwater during one of the wettest winters on record. The scrapes are just shallow depressions in the land with gently sloping edges, which (importantly)… Continue reading Scrapes for wildlife

Detached Bungalow For Rent – 165 Moss Lane, Hesketh Bank

165 Moss Lane - Available to rent

Large 3/4 Bedroom Detached Bungalow (Status: Presently Let) A spacious detached bungalow in semi rural location, gardens front and rear with off road parking. £195 a week / £850 pcm Council Tax: WLBC Band D Double glazed windows throughout Oil fired central heating (with new boiler) EPC Rating: D Strictly no smoking. Pets by negotiation. PRESENTLY… Continue reading Detached Bungalow For Rent – 165 Moss Lane, Hesketh Bank

Growing Firewood – 2018 Update

Alder four years on from planting

The latest annual update in our trial of a number of species planted specifically for firewood. All species are on the same soil type so whilst not particularly scientific the findings are sufficient to judge which performs best for us. Storming ahead in both rate of growth and quality of logs is the Eucalyptus Omeo.… Continue reading Growing Firewood – 2018 Update

Recycling telegraph poles for farm gate posts

Since all the horrible additives were banned from pressure treated ‘tantalised’ wood we have found that modern fence posts last little more than 3 years before rotting off at the base. Whilst this has dramatically increasing the maintenance bill for stock fencing it is totally impractical to replace corner posts and gate posts so frequently.… Continue reading Recycling telegraph poles for farm gate posts

Tree Planting Season Begins

Last year it was 5000 trees on 11 acres at Banks and this year the plan is for some 2500 trees to be planted on a field off Becconsall Lane in Hesketh Bank. The saplings were delivered this morning so now it is race against time to get the bare rooted plants into the ground… Continue reading Tree Planting Season Begins