4. Open skies

One of the very first things we noticed when walking through the woods (July 2019) was that it was almost completely covered in shade. There was very little in the way of normal ground vegetation in much of the centre, apart from dozens (and nearer the Danish Camp access road, 100’s) of self-seeded goat willow saplings.

. . . BTW, anyone who wants a goat willow please contact me and I’ll be happy for anyone to transplant as many as you like for your own purposes…

But back to the point. . . We wondered what it would be like if we could remove some of this canopy cover and allow some unfiltered sunlight into the area. Well, for one thing, perhaps more of the irises (just about the only other thing, apart from goat willows, that thrive in the woods) would actually produce flowers.

. . . The day before Dawn died I was photographing one of the few flowering irises, for her to paint…

Hence, activity 4 of the planning application is to remove five (? . . . I should check) goat willows. As mentioned previously in another blog post, these trees all share the same characteristics of other failed and failing/falling trees, so this is seen by BBC as legitimate tree management.

Incidentally, the removal of these trees, and a separate investigation into the water table level and whether this is the significant factor in the Stackmoor flooding (as I’m coming to suspect) rather than just poor drainage (despite Stackmoor being flooded while the Ouse is often clearly 6+ feet lower only 200 yards away) are also important factors in another potential environmental development project. . . But more on that later next year.

To be continued…


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