#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 08/Feb/22

This is a regular beginning to many of our walks in the Forest of Dean. It’s one of the popular ways into the trees, as can be seen by the numerous footsteps through the sprinkling of seasonal snow.

Many of the trees here are reaching the end of their natural lives, and the Forestry Commission has a rolling programme of removal and replanting with mixed species for diversity of flora and fauna. Sometimes, however, extremes of weather, happening more frequently these days due to climate change, takes a tree by surprise and ends its life prematurely.


This one fell victim to a sudden squall of wind. It wasn’t long before a helpful local came along with chain saw and cut the barrier down to let walkers through unmolested. We, being early on the scene, merely ducked under the sorry tree and continued our walk.

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7 thoughts on “#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 08/Feb/22

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    1. Arthritis is hard enough on its own, Noelle (I have osteoarthritis in my feet and knees) but combined with asthma it must make any physical activity very hard. I’m lucky in living in the forest – the spiritual uplift gifted by the trees always makes the effort worth it. If you can walk, even a small way, it’s worth doing: you know, the old adage – ‘use it or lose it’.

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