Yes that’s right 2016, this post is a blast from the past. Here goes. In late 2015 we decided we wanted to fence the brook and plant more trees to help regenerate the area. There are numerous exotic species on the brook which have out competed the natives which are more beneficial for a healthy waterway. This was the main aim as well as being able to keep livestock out of the brook in future.
The project was made up of two stages:
- Phase 1: Planting 500 trees (seems like not many, but trust me it is!
We started planting Easter 2016. We managed to plant majority of the trees at this time, but still had some left which we would plant when we were fencing. WOW what a job. I wasn’t as physically fit as Ashby, lets be honest I hadn’t been landscaping for 6 months and desk jobs don’t quite prepare you for planting trees. All holes were dug manually (don’t look at me, go Ashby), some by shovel and some we used the pottiputki (something I never knew existed). We were thankful that my sister and brother-in-law were able to help.
- Phase 2: Fencing the brook
We completed the fencing on the June long weekend. My mum and dad assisted as our very own fencing contractors. This was great for Ashby to remember his long forgotten fencing skills so if need be we can do it on our own next time. I’m not sure I will be a very good assistant though. Whilst they were fencing I finished planting the last of our trees and completed the all important lunch runs.
All in all the project turned out quite well. The fence looks great and will allow us to offer the paddock to our neighbours for their cows and to run our own stock in the future. The success rate for the trees wasn’t that great, we would do things a little differently if we had to do it again. For example using the pottiptkis meant the trees weren’t buried as much and therefore washed away easier or didn’t take as well. We had such large rain falls at the end of 2016 some of the plants were washed away, others taken over by weeds and some eaten by animals. But there are still some survivors, which we check on each time we visit the farm.
Here are some photos of our hard work.