The tree fellas (get it?) were here yesterday: felling. They removed all the old spruce trees from the hill behind the polytunnel. The result is amazing but it's raining so the photos will come later. The rocky hillock (which was probably an island not so long ago) is now much more visible. We left the pine trees standing and they really stand out. On the downside, I don't think we'll have any chanterelles from that piece of forest this year, but I've become intolerant to mushrooms so that's no big deal (imo).
We are also going to remove some spruce and maples that are too big and too close to the house. We have oak, ash, horse chestnut, aspen and birch close to the house which looks more like a garden than a forest.
As for planting: we planted a few hundred pine on the moraine ridge behind Rosendal (the 'cuckoo' ridge) and hundreds of larch on the north side of the hillock in Ovantrask. They survived severe drought the year they were planted (2018), enjoyed a good soaking this winter and then got hit with a prolonged hot, dry spell this spring. I ought to go and count how many are left. (The elk quite enjoy nibbling the saplings.)