Strong Winds

Fallen HornbeamNovember was a blowy one for sure and though we’ve been really lucky on the farm this year with no trees coming down into the road, we still lost this beautiful 80ft hornbeam in the middle of our Old Wood at the start of November.

Usually trees coming down are the spindly ones or those most exposed to the wind being tunneled through gaps in the woodland. We inherited old woodland that’s not been managed for many years – this means lots of tall thin spindly trees never being thinned out.

These tall skinnies are very vulnerable to wind damage so I guess we’re lucky that more haven’t come down. Fallen Hornbeam 5

When our Glastir Woodland Management work begins we expect to begin thinning the woodland to favour more broadleaf species (losing the sitka spruce and western hemlock that also shades out all of the more interesting fauna on the floor).

But for now, we’re thinking of the possible uses for our poor old fallen hornbeam….

As one of the hardest woods we have in the UK its often used for hand tools such as mallet heads, the sole-plate of hand planes, chisel handles, coach wheels, piano actions, parquet flooring or even wooden screws. Hmmm tough market!   Fallen Hornbeam 4

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