By The Barn

   By: Angela Sargent Date: Tue 12th Sep 2017

Always there in the background as we work the fields, fetch the sheep in or move the cattle around. Providing us with firewood when one of the trees drop a branch or fall onto the fence surrounding it, crushing the wire or rails down to the ground and allowing livestock to get in, otherwise we tend not to pay too much attention.Yet full of wildlife, plants and birdlife!

Moths and butterflies love the dark, shaded areas and Buzzards perch high in the tree canopy, while rabbits and squirrels dart across the sunlit glades or scurry through the undergrowth.

Since the 1990’s, newly planted areas of woodland have been funded, in an attempt to expand the forested area in England, the largest being the National Forest, incorporating south Derbyshire and aiming to cover 200 square miles. The forest industry is huge- harvesting the timber, providing landscape, employment and education but subject to regulation to ensure sustainability.

We are finishing harvest now and, after fetching the last of the straw bales in and stacking them out of the weather, we will begin the fieldwork. Having decided what to grow  and where (the seed will have been ordered, after scanning the brochures), the plough has had its points and shares checked and replaced if necessary, the power harrow has been fetched from its summer resting place and the other implements are ready to go!

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