The Baronscourt Forestry ‘Log Blog’ 3

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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