Tree Planting for Yurt Building

“The best time to plant a tree was 10 years ago, the second best time is now.” On the Spring Equinox we planted 50 young trees in the woodland, mostly ash and hazel which we plan to coppice in a few years time for making the yurt walls, the khanas and roof poles, the uni. We dodged rain and hailstones while we planted, taking occasional breaks to warm up by the fire before going out to dig more holes and hammer more support stakes into the ground. The trees are little more than sticks right now before their leaves open, but we have the vision of how they will grow and branch out and fill the clearing they are in. We chose native tree species ash and hazel because the wood has useful qualities for yurt building and will do well in a coppice as they are relatively fast growers. Ash in particular is very flexible and good for bending with steam to create the curved wall slats of the yurt. As the woodland is primarily chestnut and oak, both slow growers, we are looking forward to seeing a diversity of leaf foliage springing up in the newly planted patch of woodland. Care and maintenance of the new trees is important, we will be checking for any signs of nibbling by the deer we know to live there, and making sure the young trees get enough sunlight and don’t get overgrown by the climbing brambles.

Kirsty Heron

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