Gorse and Willows

An Eccentric Anomaly: Ed Davies's Blog

I'm busy waiting for the structural engineer to come back with design details and the roads department to issue a road opening permit so I can get the contractors in to make the entrance, access track and parking area to the north of the house.

In the mean time I've been mucking with vegetation a bit. Not the greatest use of my time but it at least gives the feeling of getting stuff done which is better than getting frustrated at the rate the year's slipping by.

The area where the entrance is to go is heavily overgrown with gorse. Apparently the fence was put in in the 1960s then the gorse has grown up around it in the last 20 years. Before that it was all open on to the road.

While the contractor's digger will be able to clear the area very quickly I've been getting a start removing the lighter stuff to make it easier to mark up exactly where the entrance and ends for the pipe in the ditch, etc, need to go. I cleared some on the site last week and early this week but had a bit of a struggle with some to the south of the entrance just inside the fence yesterday so today I cleared the gorse from most of the southern part on the road verge.

Before:

After:

With a bit left to clear on the site side of the fence I've removed everything small enough for my loppers to deal with leaving just big branches which it's possible to wiggle by. There's a few metres to do at the north end then I can put some pegs in the ground.

What has pleased me is to see that a little willow has self-seeded almost exactly where I was intending to try to plant some - a few tens of metres to the north of the house. The sky was a bit grey when I took this so it's all a bit washed out, I'm afraid:

I hope it survives. Those leaves look like they'd be absolutely delicious for a deer:

When I went on the site the other morning one popped up, jumped the fence and bounced off down the hill to the east. At least this year Ian's (the farmer who sold me the land) cattle won't be up there as well so maybe the willow has a chance if it's got to that size already.