Tree clearing the ZESA and fencing line

The challenge is two fold and based on the geography.

 

First: the electricity line up from Troutbeck  enters Hornbydale running through the bottom of a small valley. Along the valley sides pine, wattle and gum trees have grown over the last 20 – 30 years. Now they tower over the electricity (ZESA) lines and we are carefully removing them on both sides. The direction of the prevailing wind is of course just right to blow weaker trees onto the line.

Second: some of the same trees are poised to fall right over the line of our new fence – and that would never do!

The picture below sums up these two challenges pretty well…

Trees on the fencing line and above the electricity lines

Trees on the fencing line and above the electricity lines

 

Ramius directing

Ramius directing

Watching the see when the tree will go

Watching the see when the tree will go

 

Begins to fall

Begins to fall

 

Falling

Falling

 

Ramius tidying up

Ramius tidying up

 

Preparing the winch line for the next tree

Preparing the winch line for the next tree

 

Two axe-men start work creating the hinge

Two axe-men start work creating the hinge

 

Time to look up

Time to look up

 

and we are off to the races...

and we are off to the races…

 

Tree coming down!

Tree coming down!

 

 

Ramius standing and watching

Ramius standing and watching

 

Megan with the crew

Megan with the crew

 

Tendai working in wetter weather

Tendai working in wetter weather

 

Saving the log for fire wood later

Saving the log for fire wood later

 

Hamlet the Jack Russell

Hamlet the Jack Russell

 

 

Megan and Julien (pronounced French way)

Megan and Julien (pronounced French way)

 

Looking for the article about the school

Looking for the article about the school

 

 

Danger! Men at work

We have a few tricky overhanging tree and branch projects. Something that Tendai and I get up to with the 6 ton winch when everyone else is away (pure coincidence)! Obviously he is the brave one here… (with me safety on the ground working the winch and taking these pictures).

Mr Tendai tree cutting

Mr Tendai tree cutting

Pulling tree branches with 6 ton winch

Pulling tree branches with 6 ton winch

6 ton winch pulling gum tree branch

6 ton winch pulling gum tree branch

Tendai at work

Tendai at work

Wind damaged gum branch

Wind damaged gum branch

Tendai making rope holds in gum tree

Tendai making rope holds in gum tree

Tendai using rope to shin up gum tree

Tendai using rope to shin up gum tree

This row of tall gum trees remains a pending project themselves.