Friday, February 22, 2013

Trees Colonizing an Abandoned House

More than two decades ago, the Millora family has a rest house on top of a small hill in the farm. The house is surrounded by many mango trees. The abandoned house has been taken over by various trees and vines. Just one more proof that to have trees again in denuded mountains, all we have to do is to allow the trees to regenerate by themselves.

This has been cleared several times in the past of trees within and outside the house actually. But the trees and vines simply keep coming back.  Here, usually ipil-ipil, molave, other species.

See here how the trees have conquered portions of the ceiling (ok, no more roof) and the floor.  They can protrude on small cracks on the floor, the cracks become bigger to accommodate the growing trees and roots. Nong Endring and his son Danny cannot cope with the fast growth of these trees and vines here as they have to clear other parts of the farm too, especially near the treehouse and the mango trees.

Another group of trees and vines on what used to be a portion of the roof.  And another tree on the floor of one of the bedrooms.  These trees and their roots would crack or break concrete floor and walls.
Clearing these alone would take several days.

Below upper photo, these new, small trunks actually regrew from the lower stems that have been cut a few years ago.  Within weeks, small trunks would sprout from the cut area and would grow bigger.

What used to be the veranda or porch.  And this has been partially cleared already, just a few weeks ago by Nong Endring and Danny.

Our three dogs are loyal companions to Nong Endring when he goes out to clear this and other shrubby areas. There some wild animals like snakes that may be hiding, the dogs would usually scare and chase these wild animals. Or at least bark loud to warn Nong Endring not to proceed yet.

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