Up our drive way we have a line of conifers, they have steadily grown over the eleven years we have been here with a little trim now and again on the driveway side. The other side is the field where the chickens, sheep and pigs are at the moment. On top of the conifers and growing down them were some very big bramble bushes. Both brambles and conifers have now gone.
In order for a delivery of gravel arriving on Tuesday for work to be done on extending the hanger the conifers had to be trimmed for the lorry to get down the drive. Farmer J doesn't really do trimming, he does chain sawing and tractoring and getting carried away.
We started of Friday afternoon and soon decided the trees had to come down. They had grown far too big and wide and rather than trimming it was far easier to cut and start again. We now have two rather large piles of brambles and conifers to be burnt and a very open drive. The tractor came handy by pulling down the brambles and collecting the conifers making the job far quicker than collecting it all up by hand. With the driveway now being opened up it is so much lighter and space for the lorry to pass, even the poor cherry trees had to have a trim. They are nearly at the end of their lives due to many attacks of Capricorn beetles and donkey bark nibbling and a bit of bad weather branches have broken off and needed trimming.
Tomorrow the ground around the trunks will be cleared up then later in the year when we have more time the trunks will be cut down, the fence renewed and I think lavender planted along the drive but for now we have a lot of wood to burn.