The year of the last major UK drought. It’s happening again. In Strid Wood the fern leaves are dying:
There seems to be a big reaction to the very hard winter: flashback:
And dry Spring. Seeds seem to be setting very early,
and disease is rife:
Notice the epicormic shoot growth at the base of the diseased twig.
I think the regeneration is very heay this year, look for all the ash seedlings in this patch, I think there are may be 14:
And there are the shy little oak seedlings in ones too:
Holly too, which is good as this is understory, or shrubs, which are dreadfully absent in Strid:
Even the slash and burn sycamore is coming back from two years ago’s felling:
Ok so I’ve been making things too as well as loking at them. Some of these:
And three of these:
Oh well nearly Autumn!