The Woods revisited

Hubby and I have fond memories of the woods we used to frequent when we lived in the cottage. We had a variety of routes, some we considered ‘secret’ pathways through the trees, up around the bunny route and down the humpy pumpy.
Come walk with me and Come sit with me are two of many posts about our walks there.
Shortly before we left, the forestry commission had begun a ‘conservation’ process. You can read that as total devastation and an annihilation of natural habitats which we found distressing and upsetting.

Photo: taken in 2014

Today, 16th January, we went back.
The car park hasn’t changed much, still craters and huge puddles so we had to watch where we were driving.
We stopped alongside a path that runs parallel to one of the fences. In the past we’d seen deer here.
The dog mess was still apparent in the middle of the walkways, but with no bins ever being present (no-one wants the responsibility of emptying them), several little plastic bags were also decorating bushes, tied to the fence wire or just left on the grass.
Photo: 16 Jan 2018, 1st path crossroads close to old ground bees site

A lot of our old tracks were overgrown as are the known sites for ground bees, but other than that, what was most noticeable was the lack of birdsong. There were a few tits in the trees, but they weren’t singing much.

Humphrey’s stump is still there. We wonder if Humphrey, a one-eyed black labrador is still alive.
 
Photos: Humphrey’s Stump and Bulls hideout taken 16 Jan 2018

The area opposite is where the lost bull took refuge, though beyond, condemned trees are marked for the next phase of ‘conservation’. If our memory serves us right, the areas cleared over four years ago were going to be replanted within a year. That hasn’t happened, they are still stark and empty.
  Photos: 16 Jan 2018 trees marked for next phase of conservation

We found the rhododendron bush we’d ‘borrowed’ a cutting from for the front garden in the cottage. Or should I say what was left of it. It had been brutally slashed to the roots and poisoned to stop regrowth, the once magnificent greenery lying in a heap of rotting vegetation.
Photo: 16 Jan 2018 rhododendron remains

The buildings that house the bat colonies are still there. Whether the bats are too was hard to tell, but as they are a protected species, the chances are they still have a home.
We saw only two people way in the distance but no wildlife.
Photo: 16 Jan 2018, area cleared in 2014 which should have been replanted by now

Surprisingly though, we enjoyed our walk and were out for over an hour. We were only at the lower end of the plantation so have no idea if Maggie’s path, the badger sett and the bunny route are still there. It’s also where all the crows roost, where more deer were in residence as well as foxes, woodpeckers, owls and squirrels, and rabbits ran in abandon.

Coming home via the GPS, it’s not as long a journey as we thought, so there is every chance we will return to explore the top end and see where Maggie might lead us. She was having a lovely time sniffing out her old haunts.
Photo 16th Jan 2018

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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11 Responses to The Woods revisited

  1. You do comments on the mess were people exercised dogs is common. I have seen so many contaminated by dog poop. The workers get so tired they remove all containers. In one instance new restroom, one was set in fire (not due to the weather, an another was drawn on shortly after it open. The money or worker to replant the trees probably was missing. Mankind does not take care of public areas.

    • It’s not just in the woods either. There are dog bins on every street here, three in the park, and every fourth lamppost on the prom has a bin, yet some people just will not clear up after their pets. It gives responsible owners, and their dogs, a bad name.

  2. Having witnessed the total destruction of a forest near me, I can relate to how devastating it feels.

  3. I’m sure she did love visiting the old place. Choppy clearly remembers people and places she hasn’t visited or seen in years. I would love to take her back to some of the places we don’t get to visit often in Indiana, just to see how she would react.

  4. scifihammy says:

    So sad to see this destruction. What for? As you say, they have not planted new trees.
    They did it here to massive pine forests that had been growing for hundreds of years, saying they weren’t indigenous. They planted fynbos instead.

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