Tree Planting at Sker Farm, Kenfig Friday 1st February 2012.
Bridgend finally saw some good weather on Friday morning for our latest countryside event. Some of our veteran tree planters from the last event at Coed y Mwstwr Hotel were joined by some of the Kenfig Nature reserve volunteers to do some planting at Sker Farm.
Sker Farm sits in the shadow of 900 year old Sker House, made famous in the novel ‘Maid of Sker’ by my great uncle R D Blackmore. Sker Farm was really grateful for the volunteers help and brought along two more volunteers in the form of the farm spaniel and border collie.Our wet summer and winter of 2012 is really showing with standing water across the farm site and flooding in some places. This is surprising on what would normally be considered a ‘dry site’. But all that moisture is ideal for the new trees we were planting, especially as there was a bit of a wind starting to dry the roots out.The tree planting was on a strip of land between two fields and was designed to increase bio-diversity in the future. To achieve this, the trees were spaced out a little more than we did at Coed y Mwstwr and we had some quite large willow to plant. It was good that the soil was wet as it allowed us to make extra big holes for that willow. By lunchtime the lion’s share of 650 trees had been planted leaving just a few for Sker Farm and Bridgend Countryside Officers to easily finish off Saturday morning in time for the rugby, which unfortunately was less of a successful story…Many thanks to Georgia and her four legged friend for their magnificent efforts….And this is the ‘before’ and ‘after’ shot!