The woodland project is moving on a pace now. Following a further site visit and discussions with the National Park Trees & Woodlands Officer we have now brought the number down to around 600 trees and he has produced some draft specifications we can use to invite tenders from contractors for fencing works and supply / planting of trees. So the project has now become "Proposed New Native Woodland Management Scheme - Broadrake Farm, Chapel-le-Dale". The proposed mix of species comprises Ash, Downy Birch, Hazel, Rowan, Bird Cherry and Goat Willow plus a shrub layer of Blackthorn, Hawthorn and Holly.
Although one of the draft specifications includes planting we have had a useful offer from the Woodland Trust who are having their Christmas Party for Northern based site managers nearby. They were looking for a practical activity to do during the day and asked would we mind awfully if they came and planted some trees for us. (So not your average office party then...)
Sounds like a good offer to us so we are encouraging it with offers of food, beer etc.
In the meantime the cows have made a bit of an impression on the grass and churned up the field in places. Now it appears they are trying to get into the garden and it may not be long before they succeed.