Monday, 21 January 2019

Synchronicity


The Woodland Trust purchased Langley Bottom Farm to create the 'Centenary Woodland', in commemoration of those who fell during The Great War. Yesterday afternoon I spent some time at the highest point on the site, at Downs Field. The tree planting here has, as far as I can tell, been completed, the lines of saplings running along the contours of the landscape and into the distance. For the first time the scene before me showed more than a passing resemblance to the war graves in France and Belgium - quite apt really, although this visual link will soon disappear as the trees randomly die off or take root, creating a messier panorama.

As a beside, a Common Snipe, 11 Red-legged Partridges and 120+ Skylarks were recorded.

5 comments:

Arjun Dutta said...

Not sure why I associate Skylark as being a war-bird - maybe that I always hear them singing at war memorial sites? Wish there were more of them...

Stewart said...

Those tree guards will be there for 20 years or more. I hate them....they arent needed!

Steve Gale said...

They are the bird equivalent of poppies. Do they still cover the First World War poets at school Arjun?

Steve Gale said...

And neither are the trees...

Mick Lacey said...

That's a sad sight, there are places where plantings such as that are ok, and there are places where it is inappropriate. What a shame.