Winter was challenging at Greenmyres (apart from the benefits of the wind!).  A public event in March had to be cancelled due to the ice and snow, and the tree planting started later than planned. But we at HDDT take these challenges in our stride… nobody said that having a farm on a wind farm site would be easy!

Two Thousand native trees were planted on the new shelter belt which is now fenced off from grazing animals.   Most trees were planted by Aberdeenshire Council’s Community Payback team, supervised by Steven Taylor.  They also strimmed and maintained a path through the grass in the planting area to provide a walkway to the pond.  We are very grateful to them for this work.   Some trees were also planted by HDDT members who we thank too.

During the summer months the lack of rain and intense heat was a concern and volunteers helped with watering the new trees.  The fire brigade even came to the rescue one evening too, making use of practice session by watering the trees. A new pipe and hose was in eventually installed so we could water the trees more efficiently.  Mostly due to the efforts of volunteers the trees have done better than feared so are no longer a worry.  Already there is a noticeable increase in wildlife in the planting area with many attractive wild flowers making an appearance too.

Volunteers have also helped with tree maintenance work in the pond area.  The attractive stream leading down to the pond dried up, along with the private water supply but thankfully, water issues are being dealt with, it was an unfortunate challenge that many other neighbouring farms and residents had to deal with too, thanks to the long hot summer.  More trees will be planted in the shelter belt next spring.  Trees are also planned for other areas to make the site more attractive generally.

Steven Taylor’s team have done a splendid job of whitewashing some of the walls of the outbuildings. The effect of the demolition and painting is that the farmyard itself is now much more visually attractive.

Thanks to Mary Scott, HDDT board member, who oversaw and coordinated all the tasks above.