Doing it Wrong

Last winter they clear felled a piece of woodland near us. While all the big logs have long gone, the men with the machines left the rest – the stumps, branches, logs and other bits not deemed worth taking away. Eventually, if the last piece of clear-felled land is anything to go by, they’ll bulldoze it into a big pile and (about three years later) take it up to the local wood-burning power station. But meanwhile it sits there looking tempting. Mostly it’s softwood, but there were some birches, hazels and other hardwood trees in there mixed in with the spruce and larch. The problem is, it’s not ours to take. We’ve gone in and scavenged out some sticks for my beanpoles and to hold up the butterfly netting over my cabbages and, I have to admit, that occasionally when we’ve seen a nice handy sized piece of birch just sitting about doing nothing we’ve picked it up and, attemtping nonchalance, carried it the few hundred yards back to our woodshed.

This, we now realise, is WRONG. For what we should be doing is what I spotted one of our nearish neighbours doing this morning as I headed out for a hard day helping underprivileged children*: driving up there with a van and taking away a whole load. Because if you’re going to pilfer, pilfer properly and don’t muck about.

*Helping underprivileged children build dens in the woods, as the other half (who’d spent the morning hoovering instead) was jealous to discover. It’s hard work bringing light to the little kiddies’ eyes, but somebody’s got to do it.

6 Responses to Doing it Wrong

  1. Dom says:

    You need one of those little trailer attachments for your bike so you can grab a load each time you go past 🙂

  2. disgruntled says:

    I’d quite like one of those anyway. Just, you know, because…

  3. R::B says:

    Provided you empty your ash pail back on the cleared ground, I think you can claim you simply borrowed it and returned it in a more manageable and agriculturally-useful form…

  4. Those kids would love helping you clear some of that wood away. With a bit of supervision they might even be able to chop it for you – and build a woodstore. SORTED!

  5. Andy in Germany says:

    Isn’t there some kind of archaic law (commoners right of estover or something) that allows people to pick up fallen wood. Of course it may not cover Scotland.

  6. disgruntled says:

    R::B – it’s digging the smoke from the chimney back in that will be tricky
    Mr Goat – you may be right. I’ll have to round up some more
    Andy – none of these things ever apply in Scotland. And besides, this wood didn’t fall, it was pushed

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