Well, there was definitely some for a while at least. We’ve been making the most of a spell of slightly drier weather here over the past week or so, lots more shingles have been made, and we extracted the first of the oak from Witley Copse.
Matt drove this load down to a well known local woodyard yesterday, later in the year it will return to us in the form of our interior floorboards. All the rest of the timber for the building will be sawn and processed on site using our own sawmill, but the interior floorboards need a spell in a drying kiln as well which is why the wood is going on a brief holiday to Petworth. The oak came from the standard trees in the coppice which were felled as part of our regular cycle of mangement of the woods.
We’ve been back up in Ridden Corner Copse as well cutting the sweet chestnut for the roundwood frame of the building.
Just across from where these poles are being worked is a block of chestnut we coppiced 4 years ago to produce fencing materials for a heathland restoration project at the top of the slope in the picture. Whilst we were there I took the chance to have a look and see how well the regrowth was doing.
As you can see the cut stumps are sending up a mass of healthy regrowth, the cycle of growth is working its way round again.
If you live locally I hope you can make it to our event at the Haslemere Hall this friday evening (see my post on this below). Its at 7.30 and Ben Law will be there to talk about his buildings and the processes that go in to their construction.