When the council started taking down some of the large trees around our estate I asked the fellers for the mulch and logs from the closest. They were only too happy to oblige so we got a huge pile of mulch – now providing paths around the garden and protection to the orchard.

The logs sat in a large pile while I asked for advice on what to use on them, and the advice came back that (beyond just a basic saw) I needed a splitting maul, not an axe as I was expecting. It wasn’t expensive – we got ours from the local Machine Mart – but it does an amazing job.

Here’s what we started with:

Here’s the result, a good pile of split logs ready for our yet-to-arrive woodburner:

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