Hedge Laying At Stolford

This year we laid our first 600 meters of hedge under the auspices of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme.  Its on the southern border of The Park and Top Barn fields, so you can see it from the drive if you look right travelling towards the farm house.  We left a nice lot of ’specimen’ trees along the whole run, mostly beech and oak, but sadly some of the ash had to go thanks to dieback.  On the upside, we planted about 1,000 beech whips in the newly laid hedge, and we have some nice timber for logging.  You may or may not be aware that it is now illegal to sell and burn wet logs for environmental reasons, so we’ll season this year’s haul for at least 24 months before we log it up.    We also fenced off about 10 acres of scrub bank which is now taken out of grazing, again as part of the CSS scheme, and coppiced 100 hazel trees alongside the bank of the River Tone down by Stolford Wood.