(Istra Život d.o.o) Tourist Agency
Our work on our planned adventure park in Istria.
Our progress to date.
When a tree becomes a post!
Once the big pine trees had been delivered to our land we had to remove all the bark. Under the bark is where countless bugs and beetles live and very quickly they will start to eat into the trees and cause rapid rotting. Removing the bark kills the majority of them and stops further reproduction. We then sprayed all the trees with very high quality and ecologically friendly preservative. This should see the end of any rot causing bugs!
Of course, at the same time as cleaning the trees, we had to excavate very big holes in which to raise the trees (posts!). These measured about 1 metre wide by 1.5 metres long by over 2 metres deep. The land here is almost all solid rock just below a thin topsoil level, so excavating is a long, slow and very noisy job with a huge pick hammer on the "cat" excavator.
Once the trees were all cleaned and the holes all dug, the "raising of the posts" began. As always we have produced a video compilation of the cleaning, spraying and raising of the trees which you can watch here.
We enquired with engineers and a number of people experienced with telegraph poles and fencing posts and came to the conclusion that it was definitely better not to use concrete to secure the posts. Instead we have placed large rocks all round them and filled all the spaces with at least a ton of rubble. In the future we will be able excavate down and check whether there is any rotting or degradation to the trees underground. With concrete we would not be able to carry out these checks. Because of the depth that we dug down and the size of the rocks we were able to fill with, owing to our big machinery, we have been amazed just how solid the posts are. We don't envisage any problems for a very long time!
When a tree becomes a plank!
Or hundreds of planks for all the platforms that will be used on all the posts for the games and as platforms for the tree houses for the kids!
At last, the oak trees that we felled at the beginning of the year, see page 2, have been seasoned through the summer. Please watch the video to see how we have transformed 9 trees in to more than 500 planks and still have wood left over for tables and benches and advertising / notice boards etc.
Nigel & Sue Simpson, Istria Life