One job I have done is to go round all the paths I have created with weed killer. I know some purists might object but a quick sprinkle of roundup with the watering can should knock back the brambles which are sending runners across my paths and threatening to obliterate all my hard work.
Another job I have half completed is to go round and check all the tubes and see if there is a little tree in them. some were empty, due to squirrels or a dry period earlier in the year. I have about 60 canes in the truck and that is from half the wood. So I am estimating that about 120 will be the total and as I planted about 1,200 trees I am not that distressed that so far 10%have failed.
Some of the trees are getting up above the tops of my little plastic tubes now and something is eating them (almost certainly the squirrels) so I have added a second tube on top to double the height and protect them through the winter.
Finally, on my way home I came across an oak tree that was shedding its acorns, this is a bit early but I could not waste them so I collected up 300. The tree was not growing in Ninewells wood, it was just on the English side of the river Wye, so about 5 miles from the wood. This is OK, I like to source my seeds as close to the wood as possible but I can live with a distance of 5 miles.