Bonfire work

Bonfire work

All the roots and busP1000440hes we took off the banks when we were cleaning up the sides of our track have to be burned before the dry season, or the huge pile of dry material would pose a real risk of forest fire. Even this early in the year we have to be careful, choosing wet days to burn but not when there’s a strong wind.

The bonfire also serves to burn the few olive branches we’ve pruned off the trees that we didn’t shred, minimising the risk of an attack by verticillium fungus which can be devastating, The fungus lives in the ground, attacking the olive tree through its roots. The tips of branches wilt and die, drying out, and then the whole tree can die.

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