All alone

Upper Derwent Valley, Derbyshire

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.

26th January

(C) David Oakes 2016


5 thoughts on “All alone

  1. Strange! Over here we are growing over and trees and bushes are steadily creeping higher and higher.
    And we do have sheeps grazing on the mountain sides!

    • So I noticed…..we blame a lot of issues here all so called backed up by science….yet it doesn’t change the reality on the ground. Over gracing by sheep (and in some parts Deer) are top of the suspect list every time yet early man cleared vast areas. But these are moors some they counter forgetting that these were once heavily populated areas…..hard to imagine now but people did settle and build communities.

      • That may be delt with! Planting a new apple tree, it’ll need protection through the first 10 years of its life.
        Usually made by chicken mesh or other sturdy materials. It’s also possible to fence off small suited areas in such a way that wildlife (or sheeps) can’t get to the young trees.
        Once you’ve managed to get a small shrub consisting of 2-300 trees, you may leave it alone.

        Another way is to plant mountain spruce something like 10 feet apart. They will probably not be eaten in the same way, and within 5 years they will make a thick vegetation where other species might find hold in between.

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