It was good to see in the Sunday Times, that Britain’s woodland now covers 11,200 square miles or 11.8% of the total land area, the most for 250 years. This compares to just 5% at the end of the first world war. This is still small in comparison to somewhere like Finland with 72% of the land area covered – Maria from Mostly Walking blog – thinks there are too many trees in Finland !
A lot of the planting in the UK has been recent. I love trees and whilst this post is not about walking as such, it is great to read such articles. The sheer majesty of our native trees in the landscape is a joy to me, I love them as much as I love the hills and mountains that I walk through.
I am very fortunate to have just over three acres ( 1.4 hectares) of land, which we purchased a number of years ago next to our house. Over the years, Mary and I have planted around 200 native trees and a hedgerow containing 700. These with the 1/2 acre mini wood that came with the land, is our contribution. They are starting to pay their way the little sticks that we planted, some over twenty – thirty feet tall and with free wood for our wood burning stove, as we selectively coppice them. Over the years, our boys have camped many times in our wood- my youngest son, practices his bushcraft there – a trainee Ray Mears 🙂
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