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An update from the Baronscourt Forestry Department
It's been a while since our last blog so there's a few bits and pieces to cover. The beginning of 2015 saw some wild weather which caused damage to some of the older hardwood trees within the Estate, breaking off limbs or blowing the trees over altogether. Tidying up this damage has produced timber which is being cut into lengths, split and stacked to season for next Winter’s firewood. How we do it The Estate uses high production machinery for continuous thinning operations to harvest our crop.
High production machinery

High production machinery

High production machinery

High production machinery

Neat log piles

Neat log piles

We also use other methods for felling using chainsaws and horse extraction. Mainly used in areas where the ground is soft and in areas where the regeneration of trees, flora and fauna are important. The horses in particular come into their own when the gaps in the woodland are steep and narrow.
The RJ Woodland Services Team

The RJ Woodland Services Team

The RJ Woodland Services Team

The RJ Woodland Services Team

Sometimes the horses need a helping hand, so a tractor and winch is used to skid out logs that are too large for the horses to pull.
Tractor and winch

Tractor and winch

Tractor and winch

Tractor and winch

What happens next Most of the timber we produce is soft wood and is sold to sawmills to be turned into construction material, fencing rails, pallets and fence posts. The firewood pictured below is of hardwood which comes largely from storm damaged wood which is of lower grade but great for your log burners and open fires.
Stacked Fire Wood

Stacked Fire Wood

Stacked Fire Wood

Stacked Fire Wood

R J Woodland Services continue to play a part in the clearance of timber from areas of the Estate. This is real horse power, thank you Billy and Dan.
Dan & Bill

Dan & Bill

We will have another update for you soon. The Forestry Team
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Another update from the Baronscourt Forestry Department
Since our last blog nearly 2 weeks ago, there has been a lot of activity on site. 200m3 of timber has been harvested from the 1,200 hectares of woodland on the Estate. This will be dried over the summer and processed into wood chip for next winters fuel supply. Around 100m3 of dry wood from last year’s harvest has been chipped and stored on the Estate to supply our recently installed Wood Chip Boiler which heats Barons Court House - how sustainable! The boiler kicks in once low temperatures are reached, at present the boiler hopper is refilled every 2 weeks with 18-20m3 of home grown wood chip.
Shed converted on site to stock the wood chip - Baronscourt Log Blog

Shed converted on site to stock the wood chip - Baronscourt Log Blog

Stocked up with wood chip - Baronscourt Log Blog

Stocked up with wood chip - Baronscourt Log Blog

Only 36 days until Christmas - more 20-40 ft Christmas trees have been felled and are awaiting collection to go to their new homes, mainly for town centres, shopping centres and large retailers.
Large Christmas Tree - Baronsourt Log Blog

Large Christmas Tree - Baronscourt Log Blog

Unloading to await their collection - Baronscourt Log Blog

Unloading to await their collection - Baronscourt Log Blog

Thank you, Jim
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Brought to you by the Forestry Department
Welcome to the monthly Baronscourt Forestry 'Log Blog'. We hope to keep you updated and enthused on the management and processes of the dedicated work the team put into our extensive Continuous Cover Forestry in beautiful County Tyrone. If you would like to read more on the history of our woodland click here Here are a few images of the thinning operation which has been carried out in 'Ashwood Cover' this Summer. As well as a couple of hundred tonnes of pretty average timber, we removed 14 large Western Hemlock which the photos show in various stages of felling, stacking, and loading for delivery to Balcas. These trees were removed to make way for the next generation which has regenerated naturally under their canopy!
Log Blog - Felling

Log Blog - Felling

Log Blog - Stacking

Log Blog - Stacking

Log Blog - One of our Foresters loading the timber

Log Blog - One of our Foresters loading the timber

Log Blog - Nearly Loaded

Log Blog - Nearly Loaded

Log Blog - Mission Accomplished

Log Blog - Mission Accomplished

  As there are only 48 days until Christmas, here is an image of our first Christmas tree heading for Castlereagh, Belfast.
Log Blog - first Christmas tree of 2014 heading off to Castlereagh

Log Blog - first Christmas tree of 2014 heading off to Castlereagh

Thank you, Jim
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