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Attingham Park is a National Trust property comprising of an 18th Century mansion set in a Repton landscape; the Park and wider Estate includes a deer park, walled garden, several miles of the rivers Severn and Tern, extensive farmland and woodlands.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Logs and muck!

Well, the week so far could not have been more different in terms of the weather; bitterly cold on Monday with all of the outdoors team wrapped up in extra layers, but on Tuesday we were working in warm sunshine and down to our shirts. A great start to February!

I spent my Monday in a tractor, moving endless trailer-loads of muck out of a barn that has recently come back in hand. The barn will be used in the future to store wood for seasoning and splitting into logs. These logs will then be used across Attingham in the Bothy, Tearoom and visitor reception in log burners and fireplaces, as well as being on sale to the general public. Which leads nicely into Tuesdays work - splitting logs with the wood processor.

This pile of wood was created after some essential tree surgery on a hornbeam in the garden of one of our tenants. Hornbeam becomes extremely hard once it is dried out, making it difficult to split, so we are turning it into logs while it is still 'green' and then will stack it neatly out of the way and allow it to season.

The log processor makes short work of lengths of timber; cutting the logs to size before feeding them into the hydraulic ram, then carrying the logs up the belt to drop into a waiting box.

Meanwhile, one of our volunteers splits some rounds in a more traditional way. Hard work, but very satisfying!

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