I went for a nice wander yesterday in my local wood.
I was just thinking how lucky I was to have such a resource on my door step. I can go up there all day and not see another soul.
The wood and its surrounding feilds and wetland is about 173 acres and have mostly hazel, Ash and Hawthorn.
I have been going up there since I was a small boy and I still find new things.
It was nearly sold to make a golf course but luckily the local people kicked up and the woodland trust stepped in and bought it.
I think they have done a good job so far with 57000 new trees being planted and lots of new habitat creation.
Anyway a few pictures.
|Collect tinder as you go and dry it out in your pockets|
|Rose Bay Willow herb|
|A very dry little hollow under a tree. Maybe a future sleeping spot|
|A Badger set. There is a large population here|
|One of the 3 ponds. Sticklebacks are in abundance.|
|Found a nice flint nodule so did a bit of knapping.|
|A few blades|
|Collected a few elder wands for drying into hand drills.|
|My fire site.|
|Insulation platform. I used elder here becuase it is straight and easy to break.|
|My little fiskars hatchet. It is brilliant. I Have a GFA but allways use this because i like it.|
|Nice fire going with ferro rod and dried grass for tinder|
|cooking nettles for a snack.|
|Hedge garlic. Not as strong as it usually is for some reason.|
|Very tender and tasty|
|With a bit more carving I reckon I could get half a litre in this one. When i finish and seal it I will post a pic.|