28th of July – the trees

One of the aspects of our new house that really appealed to me, when we were thinking of moving here was the proximity to a very mature coniferous forest. We live right next to the trees, and if you’ve ever traveled to Ireland you might have noticed, there aren’t that many forests here, so it is a kind of a novelty, to me anyway.

Yesterday, we had a man from the forest services call in and tell us they will be felling. He showed us the area on the map of our hill and it shows they will clearing off all the trees above and around our house.

That’s what I call big news, it is big news for us as well as probably a good few of our neighbors and all the wildlife that lives in and around the forest.

So shortly after your man left we put our sturdy shoes on and went up the hill to have a possibly last look around, saying farewell to what is there right now exploring our periphery with extra open eyes to capture and memorise the way it is because it soon be the way it was.

Am I sad and will I be grieving the trees? Yes.

But I suppose it is the cycle of life and after all this is a farmed forest. This is a coniferous forest with the aim to provide timber for industrial use. This is a business in that way it is similar to any agricultural field which is farmed to grow produce and eventually gets harvested.

On our walk we went to see the machine they used to do the felling. believe it or not, but felling, stripping branches, cutting, preparing tree trunks for transport and loading them onto a truck is a one man job thanks to these tonka toy like vehicles.

When it’s all done we will have a sea view from our house with a small possibility of getting to see sunrises (around June/July) and overall should have considerably more sunlight especially during the winter months. And there should be a good supply of fire wood just from the off cuts of branches that will fall on our land and we can keep.

And the really good news is they will be replanting before the winter planing to replace these needle trees with various broad leaf deciduous trees which are probably more native to this country and support a much wider variety of species once the growth has established itself.

But I feel sad for all the wildlife being displaced in this particular area (though there will be a good section of the forest on the other side of the hill left) especially the top of the food chain ones, birds like kestrels, sparrow hawks, owls, will they be able to just move? Have they finished nesting and rearing their young? Either way, somehow I doubt they got the memo…

4 Responses to “28th of July – the trees”

  1. Leslie says:

    Oh goodness.. I don’t know quite how I feel about this. The view is so beautiful, and yet it will change. Kind of like this life isn’t it.. it changed regardless of what we anted for ourselves, and even now it continues to evolve. Some days I am better at accepting that than others.
    Sending thoughts to you….

  2. amy says:

    What a beautiful view and so sad to know it will be gone soon. I hate to think of all the wildlife that will be homeless now. Felling trees breaks my heart. You pointed out some positives in the situation I would never have been able to see … such as the replanting of native trees and veiw of the the ocean.

  3. Beth says:

    Sad! But at least they’re replanting.

    • forward tumble says:

      they told us a couple of days ago, clean-up and replanting will be postponed until next spring, lovely!! We are not impressed and feel compromised them leaving our fence torn down and all, not so nice people after all…

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