Flockhouse farm estate, Kelty, Fife
The landowner wanted to clear fell Sitka Spruce from his woodlands of Sitka Spruce as it was severely windblown and unusable to the landowners. They wanted to increase the amount of woodlands on the estate and be able to use their woodlands for recreation.
Once a felling licence and replanting grants had been applied for we clear felled the existing woodlands, extracting the timber with our forwarding tractor. The soft ground conditions meant we needed to skid the timber through the woods with a winch before we could forward to a muster area.
We marketed the 150 tonnes of timber on the owner’s behalf and returned a small profit to him from the clear fell timber. We were able to fell and extract for less than we sold the timber. We also completed a wood chip path through the existing woodlands giving them access to the newly planted woodland. This was all planted with Native broadleaf for maximum diversity.
Aerial dismantling of tree in Dalgety Bay
We were contacted by a resident who had 2 mature Acer trees on her land that a survey showed having rot. The tree preservation officer gave permission for these to be taken down and replacements planted.
Due to the close proximity to the path and the open greenspace area being used by dog walkers we decided to rig the trees and lower all the cut material to the ground. The mature trees were dismantled over 2 days with all the waste removed from site, repairs made to the pavement and two new Acer trees planted.
The client Mrs Maclachlan said; ”Thanks to Living Solutions staff for planting the new trees so well. They have stood up to the recent high winds!
I have been very pleased with the whole job, including the pleasant manner of the men involved”.
This job involved clearing a large amount of Rhododendron in Markich for a local community group. We cut several acres of the Rhododendron, treating the stumps to stop regrowth and chipping all the waste material with our tracked chipper.
The area was all on a steep slope and was difficult to access, the works were completed over a 3-month period including removing invasive snowberry and dangerous trees.
Some of the trees were cut for benches and all the rest of the material was cut for firewood for local residents to help themselves to.
We also donated sandstone for the viewing platform that has been created with the trees in front being removed or reduced to offer views across Markinch.
The woodlands are now being used more and being enjoyed by the community.