12 January 2013

Clearing the woods


I was walking along the towpath towards Richmond thinking to myself that Petersham Lodge Woods, like the other local nature reserves managed by Richmond Council, never shows any signs of being managed only to find that a large area of it has been cleared to make way for a short brick tower.

This is the corner of the woods bounded by Petersham Lodge and River Lane. It is the least woody part of the woods so the clearance has done no lasting damage. It's probably an improvement over the nettles and brambles that were there before.

The strip of mud suggests that most of the work has been underground and any construction below means no trees above. Even so, I am sure that there is space to plant a few more and I would like to see the Council do this. It is meant to be a wood after all.

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