Dave Dahlsrud wrote:Sounds like a pretty good plan! It should definitely work for you. The only thing I would change would to plant the trees out on contour with a swale based system and make provisions to release the frost down slope, but that's just me. Awesome work on the drawings, are they sketch-up/google earth based? Anyhow they came out great!
Ludwig Appeltans wrote:I think the orchard higher up the hill won't benefit from the windbreak. I wonder if a second one, maybe a lower one halfway the slope would help?
Michael Newby wrote:One thing to consider is that windbreaks work better when they're not straight lines. A wavy or zigzag line will do a better job. Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster has a pretty good section on windbreaks if you can get your hands on a copy.
Alex Tourehote wrote:hi Sean,
congratulation to you and your wife, and well done on your design skill !
I need to have a look at that sketch-up thing.
Where in Wales are you ? Are you planning on setting up a One Planet Initiative scheme ? We sometimes dream about moving back to Wales, and that scheme tick a lot of our boxes......
Katy Whitby-last wrote:I don't know if it will affect you down in Wales but here, although the winds are predominantly westerly it is the easterlies that bring the really cold weather and snow. If you get the same you might want to think about curved windbreaks open on the southerly side
Sean Kettle wrote:
The plot is part of Lammas ecovillage, in North Pembrokeshire. We first visited to attend a course on One Planet Development and subsequently found our land. We're hoping to go down that route, it's a great scheme. Shame it doesn't extend to the rest of the UK. Or the world...
You're very welcome to come visit us once we're up and running. I reckon we'd be up for a house swap with you if the rain gets too much
Alex Tourehote wrote:
great, we might come and visit them in late July (we're going to the homeschooling festival down the coast) as we are planning on visiting a few people doing the One Planet Development thingy... I will let you know, you might be around there then !