On my final clearing mission for this Winter.

January 2017

Some larger trunks have been chain sawed; this quickly gives a lot of branches to sort out.  Larger branches are left to dry for fire wood, smaller branches laid in to the dry hedge (see photo) whilst very small used as mulch or just burned.

dry hedge

And although it is still Winter, I have noticed the Elderberry (Sambucus nigra .L) has already sprouted tiny fresh green leaves.  Elderberry is a wonderful, versatile shrub.  Herbalists use all parts: leaves, flowers, and fruit.  My uncle tells me planting it is lucky and pulling it up unlucky.  Early signs of Spring appear with fresh growth everywhere: the stinging nettle, goosegrass, dandelion, cow parsley….

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