Our forest manager Andy Wright, Royal Forestry Society regional secretary, hosted a visiting RFS members group on a fascinating tour of Parham Estate trees and woodlands.
The EWF team have been on site throughout 2013/2014 on forest operations including hardwood felling, conifer thinning, bracken & rhododendron control, groundworks to ditches & culverts, ride widening & improvement as well a bit of tree work.
The RFS visits are well attended and enjoyed by everyone, as a learning experience on forestry and woodland culture. There are great discussions to be had taking advantage of the huge depth & breadth of expertise and knowledge present.
Tom, Paul & I tagged along. It was a nice excuse to meet up with old friends & make new ones.
Here’s our day in pictures…
We stopped for a while to take in the view of a large area of recently thinned & tidied broadleaf woodland, already the rhododendron was surfacing and conversation switched to debate on rhody control, the best times of year to spray and cut it back.
There was much discussion on growth and tree health which continued as we walked on, past the dovecote.
Next was the piece de resistance, the stunning avenue of veteran oaks. The importance of ancient trees has been much documented but reading about them is not at all the same as getting up close & hugging one! Estimated at over 500 years old, these things are enormous. They’re grand but ungainly, strong & forboding but strangely delicate & sensitive as we found out on closer inspection, finding some of the old repairs that were made using cement & formwork to try to bridge fissures and splits in the trunks. Not something that would be considered good practice today but a touching effort none the less.
To complete an excellent visit, Lady Barnard & the estate team were kind enough to allow us to visit the house & gardens too which is an absolute MUST. They’re extraordinarily beautiful and very interesting too if you’re like in history, architecture, tapestry, wood or gardens, not to mention the stunning parkland.
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