|Medlar tree and fruits|
Now as my foraging tails off for a few months, for many of the local farmers and landowners it is just beginning. Their hedgerow harvest is very different from mine because what they are after is the trees themselves. From late Autumn and through Winter you'll see people with chainsaws hacking back and apparently killing the hedges. But they are not killing them, they are in fact harvesting them for firewood and regenerating them by coppicing.
|Hedgerow Harvest - Firewood|
If I have one axe to grind it is this - it is common practice to cut some trees at fence post height and use this as a living fence post with barbed wire attached to keep the cattle in. To me it looks scruffy and as Simon knows to his cost, chainsawing into a piece of a wood with some wire hidden deep in the bark is both dangerous and blade blunting. But it is what farmers do and saves them a lot in fencing costs (if not chainsaw blades!)