Well let’s be honest the Pallet that I placed over the stream was never going to last forever.
It has remarkably been in place for a whole year though and the mower and trailer have been backwards and forwards dozens of times.
But it has finally given up so it is time to build a replacement. It is very muddy so I am surprised I haven’t fallen on my ass so far while doing it.
One more day and it should all be finished and we can travel across the stream in luxury.
Paths, paths, paths.
A great piece of advice we first received when we met the manager of the woodland company was to establish your paths first and after a 18 months that advice still rings true.
It might seem obvious but without good paths you can’t access or enjoy the space you have been lucky enough to purchase.
Creating them is not a chore but can be great fun planning where you want to go, clearing the way and then being able to stand back and look down the path you have created.
Strangely enough the one other thing that the paths highlight is the need for more paths. As you make one part more accessible you become very aware of all the dead ends. Bramble walls which halt your progress or tie you up in knots.
We have around 7 key Oaks dotted around our wood and the plan is to connect them by a network of paths so much more work to do.
After a lot of reading and working out the finances we have decided that it is really time to get greener on our journeys in and out of the woods.
It seemed silly that we have a desire to take on a piece of woodland and promote bio-diversity and all the other aspects of engaging with the local environment and then emitting a bucket full of unburned hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx) or particulate matter (PM) getting there and back.
Going plug-in hybrid is unlikely to save us any money but should have a huge impact on our carbon footprint as we travel to the woods. If we are lucky the saving on fuel will offset the rental of the vehicle but hopefully the real difference will be seen in our emissions.
We have only done two journeys so far but at the moment it already appears that we will be using a quarter of the fuel that we have used previously, which must be good. The silence as you drive through the woods using only the electric motors is wonderful.
Only time will tell the real impact but as we learn how to get the most out of the electric side of the car hopefully our impact per journey will get less and less.