(Istra Život d.o.o) Tourist Agency
Our work on our planned adventure park in Istria.
Our progress to date.
One man's forest is another man's high ropes course!
We mentioned on page 2 that we had access to a number of pine trees suitable to use as the posts for the high ropes course. We actually started work on these in April by felling the ones the owner needed removing. We felled 32 in all and he now has land available for a house with lovely mature pine trees all around the garden.
We produced a video compilation of the trees falling which you can watch here.
As can be seen, we used a large excavator to pull on very long cables tied around the trees as high up as possible. When the chainsaw had cut almost all the way through the tree at the bottom and the tree started to fall, the excavator pulled hard so that the tree had no option but to fall in the direction of the excavator.
The trees were all placed in line in a large pile ready for transporting. We left them then for four months in all the weather so that the bark would start to loosen off the main stem. All the bark has to be removed as beetles, ants and all sorts of worms live underneath the bark and are a major cause of rot. All these animals won't be able to survive once the bark is removed.
The transporting begins!
We soon realised that the standard straight lorry of the length required to transport these trees would not be able to approach or move about on the land where the trees lay. We had to convert a large trailer to fit behind the lorry which we already have. This was the only way to take such long cargo back to the adventure park site.
Fortunately, we had only a very small distance to travel and we were able to stop traffic at both ends of our journey so that the transporting was carried out very safely. We were able to load, transport and unload all the 32 trees in just 2 days.
Nigel & Sue Simpson, Istria Life