22 January 2018

More clearance in Ham Common Woods

I was concerned when I saw the sign notifying people of the plan to remove/thin the holly in Ham Common Woods and, sadly, I was right to be.

In what used to be a cosy thicket next to the path between Church Road and Ham Farm Road there is now a large clearing. There has been far more removal than thinning.

I presume that the base of the trunks have been left to allow the trees to start again in Spring and, if so, that is better than nothing but I liked the height of the canopy before the pruning and it will take a while to get back to that, if it ever does.

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