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How do I get a Tree Preservation Removed?

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 20:52

I work part-time in a related industry.

I stress - As far as I know, TPO's apply to individual trees and to obtain the TPO in the first place, the tree has to meet certain criteria.
I've never come across a conifer of any sort with a TPO and generally most trees need to earn the right to a TPO.

Best of luck

Hey Good Looking.....

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 13:34

I bought 2kg toprump and lots of winter root veg and made 9 litres of beef casserole - all for me!

Next on the list is a similar quantity of Malaysian chicken rempah - delish!

Automatic Plant Watering System Design Feedback

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 15:54

just off the top of my head and as a idea, after all it's your project not mine.

if you have a raised tank - like a cold water tank in the home - that's fed from the guttering on the g/house, you could use something like these solenoids-

It would be easy for the end-user to drill the necessary holes in the plastic tank and fit as many as needed.
Your control would sense when water was required and deliver a predetermined amount by opening the solenoid for x seconds and let gravity do the work that a pump would do (less cost, less battery drain, less to keep gunk free and maintain).

Also consider that if 1 plant needs watering, then it's likely others do too, so 1 sensor could probably monitor a number of plants using 1 sensor as input and maybe 10 hoses delivering water to 10 plants..
You could also add an additional much smaller tank with liquid fertilizer that would dose the main reservoir.

Sounds like a fun project.
Is it purely a theoretical exercise or does it have to be practical?


Automatic Plant Watering System Design Feedback

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 14:41

If you google float switch, should solve that problem

And if you used solenoids rather than a pump it wouldn't matter

Automatic Plant Watering System Design Feedback

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 16:22

Some interesting designs.

To me, designs 2 & 3 are way over the top unless you work in a specialist house at Kew, and they all basically do the same thing.

Design 1 seems practical, but why not store the water at the top and use gravity to replace the pumps. Then you just need solenoids and 555 timers or similar to turn the water on/off depending on the feedback from the sensors.
I'm sure you could include a feed from a gutter downpipe to keep the reservoir topped up with rainwater.

Good luck!

Favourite Christmas Song and Carol?

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 18:58

O Holy Night and In the Deep Mid Winter

But most of them a nice  - just for a few weeks each year

Your favourite tomato varieties

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 16:58

Sungold for salads
Shirley for sarnies and grilling
Black Cherry for both, usually with another variety for contrast
Tumbling Tom (or similar) just for fun grown in a basket on the shed

I have tried growing plumb toms for sauces, but frankly I think those in a tin from Italy are tastier

A mix of all the above roasted alongside lemon and herb-crusted baked cod with fresh runners is delish

Which tree for my garden?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 14:54

Think I'd go for a sorbus (Rowan). Flowers and pretty foliage in the spring, fruit in the autumn and a blaze of colour before it has a rest in the winter.

Some beautiful type of birch that would also tempt me or a hawthorn maybe.

Happy hunting!

Go on brag about your Autumn Foliage!!!!

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 17:23

Only just turned over the last week -

 last year-



Average Spend in garden centre

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 11:39

Usually about 4 times the amount I planned to spend!

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