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Tree tidy at Ross on Wye 1st of April

As suggested each project should have it's own thread- I have simply pulled all of my posts from Andrews original post- as follows.

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I have a possible project of my own a couple of years ago I had a tree grant to plant 7,300 trees -the maintenance contractors really cocked things up the first year and cheap labour used herbicide in a careless way taking out many of the trees, the next year they just didn't turn up at all. It wont be the end of the world if nothing is done but I should go to each whip remove the tree guard clear the grass and dead leaves from the trees and replace the guards, if we want an inaugural meeting we could start here if you like. Must be out of skylark nesting time when ever that is -so early in the year or later, lots of camping space, outside tap, and loo ,google reference supplied by PM to all interested parties. If we all muck in it should be a good time.
Any talent for the evening welcome, simple food by committee. if there is enough interest we can do this soon.


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Mees the location is Ross on Wye 1.6 miles from the M50 finish.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/bird...k/nesting.aspx


How about an April fools meet Friday 1st April seems appropriate somehow. We have to start some place so let me know if anyone is interested.


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Yes I will be going to the Chepstow meet. The woodland is not a commercial venture just a dream I had when the once in a lifetime opportunity arose to buy this land that adjoined my existing property, it is a ten acre field , fairly exposed with great views ,if it is possible to drive into the reserve field it will be a fabulous location, but I have serious doubts about this due to the lay of the access land and the possibility of future rain.

I had 50 pickups up there last august because I had a clearance auction,- I can't be sure if MHs would make it, as many of you know my driving experience is a simple PV camper- it would be very sensible if when the Chepstow meet comes around someone or two with experience could pop in to review the sites suitability for your super motorhomes.

I am sure I can get a good few on the access land site, but you know how your imagination can get the better of you. I think it is only sensible to get a review before I ruin peoples expectations. This may be the way to go with all future voluntary breaks- a site review to establish the number of guest pitches available.



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Hello folks haven't been around much as we have had some sunshine and I have been out sorting the land and vegplot.

Well I am unsure of the weather - if it is looking like a dry week preceeding the 1st of April then it will be good to get this thing off the ground- Andrew Ball and myself have discussed the merits of a pre august meet here to check that the site is safe for motorhomes primarily but also to clear the route (Drive) of a few overhanging tree branches & possibly trees .

As I am keen not to abuse or be abused by my guests, for obvious reasons the numbers one can accommodate must be taken into consideration, what I would risk parking on and what a larger van would wish to park on are undoubtedly two different things.

To be on the safe side Initially I would say 3 to 5 vans depending on size and weather.

7300 trees all be they whips is a lot of work I have started but been put off by the shear size of the project, so with this in mind the inaugural meet will be by way of an assessment and access preparation for possibly a larger meet later in the year if anyone remains interested let me know.
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Thanks for initiating the first project in this forum and moving your post across. My previous posted reply also copied:-

I will be going down on Friday 1st April, for the weekend, with my mate John equipped with a couple of Bush/bow saws for tree lopping or felling. Ramblingon, do we need a ladder to reach any higher branches, if so do you have one?

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Thanks for initiating the first project in this forum and moving your post across. My previous posted reply also copied:-

I will be going down on Friday 1st April, for the weekend, with my mate John equipped with a couple of Bush/bow saws for tree lopping or felling. Ramblingon, do we need a ladder to reach any higher branches, if so do you have one?

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I have a ladder , so hopefully all OK if the weather stays dry.

I am back up there today as the sun promises to be out.
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Hi Ramblingon,
John and I are coming on the 1st, have you got any others to join us? Might be nice to have some company if only to help down the wine in the evening!

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John and I are coming on the 1st, have you got any others to join us? Might be nice to have some company if only to help down the wine in the evening!

Andrew


I don't think you need any such help!
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Can`t you start on 2nd. A saturday

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We will be there the whole weekend so anyone is welcome to join us at any time. It would be good to have the support. I believe there is parking for 4 or 5 currently but check with Ramblingon.

I have not seen the site but I would consider our objectives to be:-

- to clear access for MHs to reach the main Whip tree site. (tree pruning)
- to asses suitability and capacity for MH parking there
- to trial & measure what future work is required for the whip trees
- to then plan future meets for this site based on this information
- to take photos to post on this thread so others can see what it is all about
- to socialise and enjoy the weekend and sink bottles of red wine

Who is up for that?
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Ross on Wye Tree tidy weekend tomorrow!

Well it is all very quiet so I guess you are all going to be busy for the first voluntary help weekend, The tree tidy at Ross on Wye -fair enough, but it would have been nice to see a few few more bodies- it is beautiful here right now if you change your mind let me or Andrew know.
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Well- what can I say, huge thanks to Andrew and John for really good company a few tales around the fire and " The job of jobs" done!

I can honestly say the first voluntary weekend meet was -from my point of view a huge success!
Before the volunteers arrived on the spur of the moment I decided to nip in to the agricultural merchants where they had 50metre fence wire on special offer, so I got myself 200 metres -just planning on joining it together and rolling it out to obstruct next doors pigs! but with the enthusiasm of my knights in shinning armour, and some inventive fence post scavenging- the entire length of the boundary was fenced off! Fantastic achievement from my personal point of view as this has effectively ended an 8 year nightmare of mine. (pig Invasion)

With he added bonus of new found friends it has been a memorable and productive weekend - My place has been assessed by the physical motorhome and suitable trimming of drive edges has taken place, I have seen the potential from another's eyes, and we think it would be possible to accommodate around 6 motor homes on the hard standing and a few more else where -so a future voluntary help weekend is on the cards sometime later this year if any are interested, but thats for another sunny day.

Thanks guys!
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Although we hadn't expected to be fencing the tree field it was very satisfying to be able to accomplish a tangible task which had such a beneficial outcome in that the trees are now protected. We took our time and with three of us, it made it much easier. I am now fitter and have slept better than I have done in ages.

The field in question has such beautiful views over the Severn Valley and working in the sunshine listening to the Skylarks made for wonderful and enjoyable experience. The tea breaks taken in the field with bacon butties provided made me feel part of a pastoral scene from the 1800s. Well my great grandfather was an Ag Lab in Bedfordshire so it must be in the blood!

Parking is excellent with great views. The position 3 miles from Ross would make an ideal base for any who wanted to use it to explore the area for a week in return for a couple of days help tidying the whip trees. These can be seen in the pictures.

Many thanks for an enjoyable weekend. Good food, good, wine, good company, good fun.

John and Andrew
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