Rewilding the valley

Rewilding the valley

Above: The views opened up by last year’s tree-felling are already starting to vanish, as the newly planted firs shoot up. It’s now a year since the Forestry Commission started work on tackling the tree disease phytofra in the valley by felling great...
Footpath closures

Footpath closures

Above: The more larch the Forestry Commission fells, the better I like it! The inset map shows the path closures (see below). Page update, August 2021: The Forestry Commission have changed their plans and they won’t be working around Goytsclough until 2022....
Protect the rhododendrons

Protect the rhododendrons

Above: I took this photo in May 2018, some 18 months after the FC started clearing the rhododendrons around Errwood Hall . I was hoping they’d be allowed to regrow. But that’s not going to be the case. The recent news that the Forestry Commission will be...
Fernilee footpath reopened

Fernilee footpath reopened

Above: It will be interesting to see how quickly the landscape recovers. I’m just hoping the Forestry Commission don’t replant the fir trees. It’s great to see that the footpath along the western shore of Fernilee has finally reopened, some four...
Clearing the views

Clearing the views

Above: New vistas above Fernilee! I’m just hoping they’ll let the native broadleaf trees take over – as nature intended. I walked the wide track above Fernilee last weekend for the first time since the tree-felling began back in August. And what a...