Silver Birch, Howden Moor, Derbyshire
This Silver birch has been a landmark for me for a great many years. During that time it never seems to have changed, yet Silver Birch are supposedly short lived by tree life spans. Maybe it is that constancy that has made this tree such a landmark on my walks across the moors. These are also moors that are treeless.
I am told that once upon a time these moors were blanketed in trees, hard to believe but as I wasn’t around thousands of years ago….. I cannot argue. Indeed there are areas along the side valleys of the moor where they are trying to reforest the area. They have also reduced the sheep numbers to avoid any possibility of overgrazing. We can only wait and see.
Meantime I will continue to pay my respects as I pass my Howden Birch.
(C) David Oakes 2016