(Istra Život d.o.o) Tourist Agency
Our work on our planned adventure park in Istria.
Our progress to date.
Mañana? we can't wait for that!
With our tight time schedule we can't wait for tomorrow, every day we are finding something to do which helps progress. When the weather is nice and the moon is waning and it is still winter it is the perfect time to saw trees down, necessary for the timber we require for many jobs. We want to use our own timber wherever possible because, in Istria, they are permanently replenishing the forest and we know that we will not be leaving the environment treeless. If we have to buy timber, we don't know which country it has originated from.
We have well over 1000 small pine trees in a nearby village which we have been asked to remove as it is registered building land. We have been sawing these down (leaving the nicer trees and different varieties for future landscaping) and, after cleaning the bark off the stems, we will have plenty of posts to use for all the fencing we will require. This is a very laborious process but - better than paying for it! The bark will be, of course, used as mulch. Taking the bark off kills any bark beetle eggs which live under the bark and are the cause of rotting.
We have also cut down 9 large oak trees (see video below) which we will take to the sawmill to make into planks. This will season for the spring and summer before being used to build the platforms for the high ropes games and for other purposes around the park. (See page 5). The logs from all the branches will be used for a variety of purposes too. We have kept some 4 metre long 30 cm diameter branches for use as benches, posts, and carpentry. The sawn logs will be used for heating and for the barbecue which we plan to have for evening cooking for park guests.
We also have at least thirty 20 metre high (and taller) pine trees which will be perfect to use for the high ropes course. We have seen that one 20 metre post suitable and ready to be used for a rope-park in England will cost almost £2000 so this is a great saving for us and we will be using wood from an area where trees will continue to be grown.
Nigel & Sue Simpson, Istria Life