Over the last month James and I have been clearing the rough pasture as this is the new venue for an orchard!! This means more weeds…. More bramble forests and some chainsawing up of goat willows and overhanging branches!
After a restorative cuppa in the Hovel we headed out along the other borders of the property over the rough pastureland. Following the animal trails we wandered down to the stream pipe which seperates the two of the three section of rough pastureland.
Dad suggested we get a stone trough put in under the pipe rather than the current ironwork one, to allow for the water to be drunk. I am not sure who he intends drinking the water, but as most of it is pony field and road run off….. ummm maybe not!! Not mentioning the fact that how the heck would we get the iron trough out and a stone one in!!!
In the far rough pasture there is a lot of Sphagnum Moss and marsh gras in the field portion adn around the pipe stream there is a lot of Salix Caprea or Goat willow and a LOT of Briars. We would need to start at the top of the stream and work down in order for us to recolonise the stream sides with basketry willow!
Dad also pointed out another good potential woodland ingress point!! I say potential, because a. its a bit steep, b. its full of briars and brambles!! There is a fence line and another channel down from the road then that prevents us accessing the woodland between us and our Mill neighbour, so we will need more investigations down here in the fullness of time! Somewhere in there is apparently our Japanese Knotweed colony! UGH!!!
Having crossed back over the piped stream, we walked back across the lower edge of the middle rough pasture, across another drainage stream, which is the one supposedly to take the mountain track run off under the road and off down the hillside. At this point we have three Leylandii and a teardrop shaped piece of flattish land which goes off towards Big Field and the gate we will probably turn into a stile, which will be our Orchard when the autumn comes and we can get planting!
We have lots of Nettle beds over this side that Dad said should be full of butterflies soon. Just as he said that we saw three large peacock butterflies sitting amongst the nettles. We walked amongst the grass and nettles for a while longer and discussed orchard possibilities…. and found a young Ash tree.