Chris and I visited our new pond and woodland today, the pond has filled nicely, the deer fence is up, and the trees are now being planted so there is major progress for our farm project so I thought I'd share it with you on this lovely day.
It was such a lovely uplifting morning to visit the site, the sun was shining, the dogs had a great walk and sniff of the hedgerows, and the lovely birds were singing, it was almost deafening! I saw my first skylark, ok Chris pointed it out to me, and I heard it singing as it flew past otherwise, I wouldn’t have known what it was, but hey, now I do.
The site looks huge, it covers almost ten acres, so it is going to be a substantial woodland for a bird and wildlife haven on our farm, it’s been a few years in the planning stage but now it is happening I am so excited to see this evolving from bare land into what will be a wonderful woodland area. I’ve put a video on our Facebook page showing how large it is if you wish to see the project from the ground.
The trees that are being planted, several thousand of them, have all been chosen to make a beautiful and useful place for birds and animals alike. We are planting oak, cherry, laurel, hornbeam, cob nuts, hazel and many more, there is a list somewhere, but these are the ones I remember.
We are hoping to eventually harvest some of the hazelnuts for our shop, but we are happy to share our spoils with what we hope will also be a haven for our wonderful native red squirrels too, this will be some years off but I’m sure it will be well worth the wait.
I’ll post more pictures and videos as the site matures and the trees grow but as far as my visit this morning, I’m sure that it will be a great success and its so nice to be giving something back to help wildlife and birdlife.
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