Suitable Trees for Bio Fuel on Poor Land

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Re: Suitable Trees for Bio Fuel on Poor Land
« Reply #30 on: September 08, 2010, 22:46 »
it does help having attended an agricultural college and studying woodland management  :)
Staffies are softer than you think.

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Re: Suitable Trees for Bio Fuel on Poor Land
« Reply #31 on: September 09, 2010, 00:28 »
Okay, here's the chart I was actually thinking of, although the poem was cute.

http://extension.usu.edu/forestry/HomeTown/General_HeatingWithWood.htm

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Re: Suitable Trees for Bio Fuel on Poor Land
« Reply #32 on: September 09, 2010, 09:53 »
Crikey, there's a whole world I didn't know about.
Self-sufficient in rasberries and bindweed. Slug pellets can be handy.

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« Reply #33 on: September 09, 2010, 11:09 »
Crikey, there's a whole world I didn't know about.

That's the fun of it! I'm surprised how hard it's been to find out information (so far) - basic info that is fairly easy to find on vegetables like preferred conditions, pH etc seems quite hard to find on hedging plants and trees.

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Re: Suitable Trees for Bio Fuel on Poor Land
« Reply #34 on: September 09, 2010, 11:15 »
with trees and shrubs John, take a drive around the locality and see what is flourishing, not all native species will thrive in all areas (same as growing anything  :)).

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Re: Suitable Trees for Bio Fuel on Poor Land
« Reply #35 on: September 09, 2010, 12:31 »
We got our log burner based on having so many trees that needed felling here. The best burners so far are ash and sycamore and they've not taken long to dry out for use.  We have some dead hazels that we've not chopped up yet so can't comment on those yet  :)

The ash self seeds like crazy so don't buy any  :D  I could pop you some in the post  :D

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Re: Suitable Trees for Bio Fuel on Poor Land
« Reply #36 on: September 09, 2010, 12:34 »
I have a huge ash tree that never gets any seeds on it - I must have the only barren one in Lincolnshire I think  ::) :lol:

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Re: Suitable Trees for Bio Fuel on Poor Land
« Reply #37 on: September 09, 2010, 12:40 »

The ash self seeds like crazy so don't buy any  :D  I could pop you some in the post  :D

You're on, thanks!  :D :D

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« Reply #38 on: September 09, 2010, 12:42 »
Oh well never mind, they are a flipping nuisance as they spring up where you don't want them  :nowink:

I have a huge ash tree near the house and it's sitting right next to the sewerage manhole. We've put in a new manhole just in case. The tree is about to get a tidy up and we're relishing the firewood that's going to come off it. It's a fab tree, still growing, but plenty of dead stuff and crossing branches to remove. It should be lovely once trimmed and we get firewood for months  :D

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Re: Suitable Trees for Bio Fuel on Poor Land
« Reply #39 on: September 09, 2010, 12:44 »
I can send you some John just say when you're ready  :D  They seem to root very readily and are a pig to get out once they're settled which is a defence mechanism against wind I'd say  :)

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Re: Suitable Trees for Bio Fuel on Poor Land
« Reply #40 on: September 16, 2010, 23:39 »
In all seriousness ash is very easy for coppicing, it grows straight branches and within 4 years they are a sizeable diameter. Ash copes with exposed positions and is impossible to kill :lol:

We could also supply enough seed for several hectares :lol: :lol:

We have had excellent quality hedge plants from http://www.hedge-plants.co.uk/ and the only thing that didn't cope with our ferocious gales was Holm Oak, we have always bought 40-60cm barerooted plants and they have done brilliantly.


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Re: Suitable Trees for Bio Fuel on Poor Land
« Reply #41 on: September 17, 2010, 00:00 »
Thanks for that :)

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Re: Suitable Trees for Bio Fuel on Poor Land
« Reply #42 on: October 22, 2010, 17:08 »
Willow isn't that good for burning BUT you can get a lot of trees for free as they grow really well from hardwood cuttings.When I worked for the national trust I remember cutting thousands of 'wands' from a willow patch that had developed the ability over centurys to flourish where they were occasionally hit by sea spray.

I tried it again a couple of years ago for a man who wanted cover for shooting around a lake.All i did was cut a 6-10inch wand,sharpen the lower end and stick it about half way in to the soil.I planted 100 and 94 are about 8ft high now.



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