After a week of planting, it’s hard to believe how much we’ve done. We’ve put about 10,000 trees in the ground here but looking around the field makes the numbers dwarf in comparison. No doubt Ben has planted half of them since he can plant about twice as fast as all of us combined, but nevertheless it’s a job well done and Andy, our boss, is kind enough to tell us that.
Before I know it our time planting at Blenheim will be drawing to a close. But there’s a lot more to forestry that I haven’t yet experienced – “beat up*” for example, weeding, controlling the voracious grey squirrel, encouraging our native red squirrels back, thinning trees, brush cutting, felling, even trailer reversing – and the changing of the seasons and storms like Eunice lie in wait. But for us, success is planting up to 400 trees every day that we know we will never sit under and perhaps our great grandchildren will harvest to build a house and sequester the carbon forever….
….how was your day today?
*The group seem unsure of the exact meaning of “beat up”. Some say it is identifying dead trees that need replacing, I hope it’s not worse!