Removal of Asian Hornets nest in Plymouth

Something different today for Jamie and Len – the removal of an Asian Hornets’ nest in Plymouth…
Made easy with the Spider MEWP
Not so easy with a hornet suit!
Another something that bit different under our ‘Everything Else’ services!
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Table top sawn from cedar

It has taken time and a lot of effort (not by us) but it finally arrived today:  a table sawn from the 100′ Cedar of Lebanon tree which was decayed and had to be taken down last year. It comes with a ‘live’ edge and legs cut from the same tree (where it still has the profile of the outside of the tree, rather than cut square = wobbly edges)!

The table is 3.2m long and 1.2m wide and was made by Henry at Hideaways

Bishops Cannings Cricket Club seeding preparation       22 Sept updated 19 October

Preparation for seeding at Bishops Cannings Cricket Club earlier in the week, following importing and levelling of soil to bring up outfield levels.

We were asked to level and seed the area and sow with sports mix grass seed.  Tristan spent a Saturday on the stone burier to get things level; seed was drilled today and rolled in.  Green in a couple of weeks – hopefully!

The final image shows the ‘after’ – “Bishops Cannings Cricket Club now have a green outfield again! Favourable weather has made a huge difference with the special grass seed mix growing well in the mild conditions.

Appleford School near Shrewton external works – fencing, parking and lighting August 2021

We have been very busy and trying to complete various external works projects during the school holidays. It has been difficult to source the materials, to say the least.

However, this project at a local school  near Shrewton was completed today – new Close Board fence, new and increased parking areas along with additional lighting.  All ready for the new term.

Grenade Range Refurbishment Warminster April 2021

Something a little different for us  – we recently started a project to refurbish a grenade range at Warminster.
We needed to remove 500 tons of limestone gravel, undertake repairs to the sub-base and increase the area to the required specification.
The throwing bays were also dug out and will be restored once the main range floor has been reinstated.
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Covering an ancient burial site with chain link mesh March 2021

Something different this week:  we needed to cover an ancient burial site ( Tumulus ) with chainlink mesh to prevent the local badger population from calling it home; this helps to preserve anything inside the mound.   The funny shape was caused by tanks driving over it for practice before heading off to active duty in WW1!
The area is called Snail Down at Everleigh.  See the Historic England information here.
With thanks to Wiki: A tumulus is a mound of earth and stones raised over a grave or graves. Tumuli are also known as barrows, burial mounds or kurgans, and may be found throughout much of the world. A cairn, which is a mound of stones built for various purposes, may also originally have been a tumulus. Wikipedia
covering an ancient burial site with chain link mesh

150m native hedging and 500 new trees planted in Lavington

Not only pruning and removing trees but planting as well!
 
100m of new, native hedging planted by Tad by hand yesterday in Easterton, near Devizes.
 
The planting mix was 80% hawthorn with the remainder made up of spindle, dog rose and hazel – no blackthorn as there will be horses in the field in the future.
 
Hawthorn in hedging has a lot of great seasonal features including haws, hips, nuts, flowers and sloes, so white flowers in the spring. And then the berries and nuts will attract a diverse range of wildlife.
 
Update Dec 2020: The 100m continued to 150m of the new native hedging, as well as 500 new trees – a mixture of oak, beech, rowan, spindle and cherry.  As with the hedging, all the trees were planted by Tad by hand.  

 
The field was purchased in addition to the house and the owners wanted to create a woodland in years to come.  The trees were part-funded by The Woodland Trust.