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I am hoping to create a stumpery, does anyone know where I can obtain the driftwood/sculptured tree stumps for this please.
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  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze South NottsPosts: 1,219
    I do know they are very expensive, also painful if you scratch your arm on one!
    I don't know if they are checked for honey fungus before they are sold. Sorry even more questions.
  • UffUff SW Scotland but born in DerbyshirePosts: 1,735
    Are there any local land estates in your area canalsideconnie? I live on the edge of one where thousands of trees came down in the last 3 storms. If there are you could approach it/them to ask if they have any going that they want clearing. I imagine that transport would be the biggest cost though and because they are a heck of a weight. Even a part stump is heavy.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,483
    Websites like this one are worth looking for https://www.woodnet.org.uk/woodlots/round-timber-for-sale
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  • UffUff SW Scotland but born in DerbyshirePosts: 1,735
    Perhaps another thing to consider canalsideconnie is to keep your eyes open for fields that have had some obvious forestry in the past. As an example, the house where we used to live was surrounded by hillside fields on 3 sides, and walking them I noticed lots of old oak stumps that were easily moveable so I asked the tenant farmer if I could have some.
    He told me that they had been trees taken down during the first world war to be used for timber for the war effort. He told me to take whatever I wanted so I did but after all these years the stumps were easily manageable. We made a lovely stumpery at the bottom of the garden that had history to it that should last for years to come. 
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,736
    Uff,can I have some pictures please. Am very jealous! Fell in love with the idea after seeing the one at Arundel Castle. Discovered some years ago, one decent size stump was around £100,we have collected logs,bits and pieces of nice sized branches, when driving along country lanes,collected drift wood on the beach, especially after high tide or a storm. We have just added these to a damp shady border. Begged from friends who were pruning.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,424
    As @Uff says - if there's any forestry plantations, or similar, anywhere near you - or within a reasonable distance, that's probably the best solution if you have the means to move them.
    Certainly any land Uff describes that has had forestry and is now farmed. They won't be of any use to the farmer. I expect I could get some from along the road if I wanted. Loads of trees which have been felled or fallen round here.  :)
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  • UffUff SW Scotland but born in DerbyshirePosts: 1,735
    I don't have any photographs of the stumpery (I don't think) at the old house Nanny Beach but it just so happens that I have some old pieces of oak stumps from the same estate in this garden and if I put them all together there would be enough for a stumpery but this garden doesn't lend itself to one. I'll put some pictures later if you wish.

    To add to the story, last summer I mentioned the idea of a stumpery to the head gardener (of the aforementioned estate) where I volunteer in the garden and he agreed. The forestry manager has been tasked to source old stumps from the policies so exciting times ahead.  
  • Thank you all for your comments, I will certainly look out for fallen trees etc when out in the country.  It has made me more determined to start a stumpery.

    Thank you all.
  • UffUff SW Scotland but born in DerbyshirePosts: 1,735
    Go for it canalsideconnie and the best of luck.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,483
    I really hope you can come back and show us the work in progress, and then the finished article of course ... if a garden can ever be said to be finished  😂
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