01543 684456 07708378536 Windmill Exposure Job with Jay, Bruce and Mike
By allpaws, Nov 18 2015 11:04AM
Hi Bloggers and warm welcome back again
This is a job we did last month with our cousin Bruce and his side kick Mike. The client owns a grand windmill which is being restored and they were keen to have it put back on the map as a local land mark, standing proudly looking down over West Bromwich. The job involved alot of heavy manual work as we couldnt get the track machine in on this one. We were working on a very steep embankment and there was a variety of jobs to be done including felling 2 rows of large conifers that consisted of over 100 trees, topping 1 row of conifers that consisted of over 60 trees and the reduction or removal of an assortment of laurels and other shrubs small to large. It was an impossible feat to remove the brash wood as there was no access and security fences were situated all around the boundry. The brash was left at the bottem of the embankment not only to make the job possible, but to encourage a boost in wildlife and make an even pathway creating good access to the bottem of the embankment. The stumps were cut off at a foot to 18 inches above the ground, the trunks laid against them and tied in to make for a good natural retainer at the bottem of the embankment. There was also a smaller row of conifers at the front of the property which had been left to long to trim up as that would of left holes in the hedge. They also looked quite bare on the inside as we had removed a row of conifers which were starving them of light. What we did is used an old technique that Bruce remembered from back in the day, taught to him by his grandad. We tied the outer green side of the hedge back to encourage it to grow through and reach for the light on the bare side of the hedge. This is a good technique when used at the right time, as it not only causes regeneration of the bare side, but also reduces the width of the green side. This way also fills the holes rather than creating holes. With a couple of years growth the hedge can then be trimmed and made nice again from both sides.
The job went great and to plan. It did give Bruces knees some stick and ive had the odd dream about him shouting to Mike fill that hole up. But we did find a great place to eat called The Eat Well Cafe in Wednesbury High Street, where we could recoupe for an hour on our break. Bruce cut them a wooden stool from one of the conifer trunks and in return they gave him an extra boiled egg with his ploughmans salad...
Enjoy the pics and we will
Catch you next time...