Monday, January 11, 2010

We are, once again, privileged to be playing host to willing volunteers. Paul Johnson, a tree surgeon from Buxton, Derbyshire, his 13-year-old son, Chay and chainsaw-toting workmate Liam, saw our ad in Living Woods Magazine and asked if they could come and stay in January. Of course we said yes.

With no disrespect to our previous volunteers, whose help we’ve been so grateful for, a double chainsaw combo with strapping lad on offer made us feel like we’d pulled the handle on a one-armed bandit and watched three lemons come up. Well, perhaps not three lemons but certainly tree fellers!

The video shows Paul felling one of our Corsican pines and the pics show Liam snedding (removing the side branches) and logging a felled tree,Paul climbing a tree to throw a line around an awkward tree to be felled and Chay and Gabrielle supervising a small brash fire to clear some space and warm our toes.

If you’re in need of some tree care in the Peak District or the East Midlands, you can contact Paul at