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The Hedge Fund
The Hedge Fund
Hedgerows are one of Britain's most valuable habitats. They form important wildlife havens and highways, they form barriers and wind-breaks, they provide a refuge for songbirds and a home for voles, mice and shrews. Hedgerows are also a great source of wild food for us and this autumn is perhaps the most productive that hedgerows have been in a dozen years. The quality and quantity of hips and...
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Who Owns the Tree?
Who Owns the Tree?
‘It will be obvious that the question of who owns trees on or near a boundary will often be of great importance to the owners of the land on either side - if only so as to determine the question of who has the duty to maintain them, or the right to fell them.’ Mynors 2002 In most cases, a tree in its entirety (trunk, branches and roots) is owned by the person who controls the land...
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“Ah earth you old extinguisher.”
“Ah earth you old extinguisher.”
“Ah earth you old extinguisher.” from Happy Days by Samuel Beckett On a hot summer day how much water does a tree use? How much water is available to use? How long can a tree survive without it raining? How do Trees Use Water? Trees use or lose water by two separate processes. Firstly, water is taken up by tree roots from the soil and evaporated through the pores or...
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Why do Different Trees have Different Shaped Leaves?
Why do Different Trees have Different Shaped Leaves?
There are over 60,000 different species of trees in the world and hundreds of different shapes of leaves - but why the different shapes? Broadleaf Leaf Types Broadleaves can be either simple or compound. Simple Leaves There are some 25 different shapes of simple leaves. Simple leaves are whole and are not divided. Their edges may be different; smooth such as beech, toothed such...
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There is No Smoke without Fire!
There is No Smoke without Fire!
It doesn’t matter whether you cook in a chiminea, over a fire pit or on a barbecue; what does matter is your choice of wood, because it is the smoke from the wood that flavours the food you are cooking. Choosing your Wood Very simply, choose milder woods to flavour milder foods and keep the stronger woods for the more robust foods. Mild Woods: Alder, Beech and Maple Alder...
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