Ancient Woodland Tour

dscf4638

Last weekend was spent settling our garden in for the colder months again so we had time yesterday to go a little further afield and visit an ancient wood we had been meaning to see for ourselves.

This wood is particularly special to me as it was the wood my grandparents walked in as they courted each other many years ago. My grandmother’s family moved up here from London and she was born not long afterwards.

The wood is looked after very well and the ancient ash stools created by the coppicing make some of these trees the oldest living things in my part of the country.

dscf4675

dscf4664

dscf4656

There are wonderful plants growing in the woods including Spindle with its popcorn shaped fruit.

dscf4634

Crab Apples – my grandmother made crab apple jelly when I was a child, very sweet to counteract the bitterness of the fruit.

dscf4665

Lots of lovely berries and fruits including rosehips.

dscf4679

dscf4618

dscf4628

There was plenty to see here, untouched by pesticides and just how a wood should be with food and healing plants enough for all. At the end of October the fungi this wood is also famous for will start appearing in abundance.

If only all woods were kept like this we would be able to heal ourselves of so many ailments using what Mother Nature has so generously given us. As it is we salivate at conservation areas like this, look but don’t touch and wonder if lessons will ever be learnt.

dscf4647

dscf4648

dscf4654

dscf4674

 

 

Advertisements

13 thoughts on “Ancient Woodland Tour”

    1. Thanks, Samantha 🙂

      Photos were all taken by me. I took quite a few of different herbs to help with identification purposes whilst foraging. It was an ideal place to capture several in the same area. Fingers crossed we get back for the emergence of the fungi at the end of the month too!

      Liked by 1 person

  1. You live in a beautiful part of the country I suspect.. Certainly this woodland is beautiful and as you say it’s such a shame there aren’t more places like this to enjoy.. Seeing the rosehips took me back to my own childhood and the making of rosehip syrup which was a very tasty treat! x

    Liked by 1 person

I would love to hear what you think...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s