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Friday, June 03, 2005
  In a wood

It’s an SSSI, a rare and special place. We oohed and aahed - amusingly, I suspect – at every tiny insect that alighted on us – so many unfamiliar ones, multi-coloured, iridescent.

The custodians of this 30-acre wood have lived here in their caravan for 10 years: planting, coppicing, hedging and hurdling, chopping firewood and burning charcoal, tending lightly in the old way and coaxing a modest living. Finally, they have local authority permission to build a small wooden house, to know that this will be their permanent home.

charcoal burning

Breathing this place in, bathing my eyes in green, green, green, is difficult to write about because it was a pleasure beyond words. I was a happy centipede

new growth
Thank you for the peek into a little known world. What a labour of love it has been for those caretakers.
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