Every October we hold a ‘Log Day’ on the Lynchmere commons to get rid of logs extracted during the year. The logs come from trees cut to keep the heathland clear, windblown trees and dead or diseased trees. We sell the logs as firewood although members of the society can collect a car-load for free. The day is always popular and this year more so given the price of fuel and more people putting in wood burning stoves.
On Saturday Robert, Stuart and I cut the last of the trees and extracted the wood with tractor and trailer whilst Felix and Seb manned the Kelly Kettle.
By the time we finished stacking the logs I estimate it was over 12 tonnes of cord wood (4 foot lengths) and another 3 or 4 tonnes of mixed wood. Cord wood is the traditional length for selling firewood and comes from the measure of a Cord of wood, which is a stack of 4 foot logs 4 feet in height and 8 feet in length – a volume of 128 Cu ft. The name ‘Cord’ probably comes from the use of a standard length of cord to measure the stack.
On Sunday a team of volunteers turns out to help marshal traffic, move the logs and take the money. We were also joined by Mark with his vintage Fergie tractor and saw bench to cut the logs for those who could not handle the cordwood – saving a lot of effort with the chainsaws.
The team worked hard and to our amazement the entire pile vanished in front of our eyes. It had all been taken by lunchtime. A very successful day, thanks to everyone who helped prepare and turned out on the day. Now the work starts all over again, there will be plenty of fallen trees to clear over the winter and the next log day is in February.