Slash and Burn in Berwickshire?
I am intrigued by the Paxton House Trust School of Land Management. You call in a contractor and you chop down quite a few trees presumably to harvest the wood . Fair enough. A valuable and renewable resource. But some of the wood-quite a lot- is allowed to fall down a steep bank into the burn which runs down to the Tweed. Some of this timber you painfully haul up the bank, other bits you let lie where they are and one day a nice little spate will carry them down to Spittall and join the rest of the flotsam and jetsam on the beach. A bit wasteful that imho.
But curious this. All that useful kindling wood and smaller branches you turn into attractive little bonfires on both sides of the burn and you let them blaze away for hours. No backsides to warm down there and not even hibernating Red Squirrels benefit from this seasonal cheer.
A nice liitle addition to Paxton House's carbon footprint.
What is going on?
We should be told.
But we won't.