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Blog entry by bazz135uk posted 09-04-2013 10:37 PM 1530 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Down an an unassuming backstreet north of BURNHAM SOUTH BUCKS ENGLAND, you’ll find – improbably – 540 acres of beech and birch woodland, with cows, pigs, sheep and ponies grazing contentedly alongside dog-walkers and families out for a stroll. Equally surprisingly, this ancient pocket of gnarly forest, ponds and heath – some of the trees predate Shakespeare – is owned by the Corporation of London, who snapped it up in 1880 to prevent a proposed housing project. It’s lucky they did, because the miles of ‘easy access’ (ie paved) and natural paths provide a wonderful green lung for the area, and the fairytale forest shelters all manner of woodland critters, from owls to ant armies. The reserve is best-known for its eponymous beech trees, many of which were pollarded (decapitated for firewood) centuries ago: the regrowth creates fantastic arboreal shapes, and the deadwood is an elixir for wildlife.
Heres a hand full of more POLLARDED TREES around Burnham Beeches.

-- BAZZ, LIVERPOOL UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#1 posted 09-06-2013 01:51 AM

Would love to see that thanks for sharing the pic and story

-- Todd

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#2 posted 09-06-2013 08:57 AM

Thanks Todd…. Yes amazing woodland great place to wonder around. Thought I would do a bit of a blog as I am unable to do any woodwork for a few weeks as I have a couple of broken fingers ! Dew to an accident Ive had in my main job as a Truck driver. So taking it easy for a couple of weeks and tomorrow we head for the mountains of north Wales around 200 miles away to stay in a traditional Welsh cottage looking over the Irish sea. So till next time and thanks to everyone for all the views and comments with my blogs and projects. BAZZ.

-- BAZZ, LIVERPOOL UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#3 posted 09-07-2013 02:41 AM

Thanks for sharing these beautiful trees Bazz! And thank you Corporation of London for preserving them! Sorry to hear about your fingers. Hope you heal quickly and get back in the shop soon! Enjoy your trip.

-- God bless, Candy

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