The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


30 September 2019

Aspen Removal

Brashed and ready for felling.
Chris came armed with a selection of chainsaws - one rather natty one which can be used as a pole saw.  It was out with the Niwaki steps and away to go.  First, he brashed all the trunks and one by one he felled them so expertly that every single one landed in the pre-planned spot. The 2 tallest at the front had only a narrow landing spot between 2 fruit trees.  Despite the adverse high winds even they landed bang on target.

Now. Here's a thing!  We don't miss them.  That has come as quite a shock as we all thought their removal would lave a huge gap in the sky.  In fact, the copper beech can now be seen in all its glory and the cider apple trees in the neighbouring orchards can be seen again.

Burning the brash.
 The trunks were logged up and the brash lugged away and burnt.  Next week, the plan is to grind out the stumps and commence sucker removal.  Watch this space!

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