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Looking into the entrance to the wood

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This is the sort of over stood coppice all through the wood.

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Here we opened up a central clearing and are building a small shelter for when the weather's less cooperative. There's a fireplace for brews and some log benches around itIMG_1114.jpeg

 

More of the woodlandIMG_1115.jpeg

 

Looking down the larger ride from one end, this winter I'll continue opening down the bank to the left.IMG_1116.jpeg

 

and looking back from the other end, you can see the difference it's made so far. The bank to the right goes down to the stream, we've put some leaky dams across it on the advice of the local biosphere people and the bluebells came back rapidly last spring, hopefully there'll be more along there next spring as we continue to open this ride up.IMG_1118.jpeg

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Hi TVI,

 

I've just spent the morning reading the entire thread, and even signed up just to leave this reply. I hope your woodland is still going strong and I'm looking forward to seeing how those rides are doing this year, the difference so far has been incredible.

 

I have no knowledge of woods apart from occasionally going for a walk through them, but now I've fallen in love with them and I'm incredibly envious of your lifestyle!

 

You mentioned a little while back in the thread that you were looking at possibly opening up the woodland to the public in some form, given the last couple of years that probably got put on hold, but are there any plans to allow people to come and see the amazing work you've been doing? I would love to have a wander around your woodland one day.

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3 hours ago, dingosbaby said:

Hi TVI,

 

I've just spent the morning reading the entire thread, and even signed up just to leave this reply. I hope your woodland is still going strong and I'm looking forward to seeing how those rides are doing this year, the difference so far has been incredible.

 

I have no knowledge of woods apart from occasionally going for a walk through them, but now I've fallen in love with them and I'm incredibly envious of your lifestyle!

 

You mentioned a little while back in the thread that you were looking at possibly opening up the woodland to the public in some form, given the last couple of years that probably got put on hold, but are there any plans to allow people to come and see the amazing work you've been doing? I would love to have a wander around your woodland one day.

Hi dingosbaby,

 

What an absolutely lovely message. Thank you so much!

 

I have sorely neglected the thread over the last year or so. I'll certainly do some updates in the spring so you can see how the rides are developing.

 

The woods are always open to people who send such fantastic messages. Where are you based?

 

I'd also be interested to know how you stumbled upon this thread nestled deep in the arbtalk archives.

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37 minutes ago, the village idiot said:

Hi dingosbaby,

 

What an absolutely lovely message. Thank you so much!

 

I have sorely neglected the thread over the last year or so. I'll certainly do some updates in the spring so you can see how the rides are developing.

 

The woods are always open to people who send such fantastic messages. Where are you based?

 

I'd also be interested to know how you stumbled upon this thread nestled deep in the arbtalk archives.

I look forward to the updates!

 

I am based in Kent currently and thanks to this thread have also added Blean Woods to my "must visit" list.

 

I may very well have to take you up on the kind offer to visit your woods too later in year - also happy to offer any help an unskilled but enthusiastic person can provide the day 🙂

 

As for how I came across this thread, about 7 months ago your thread was linked on a reddit post where the subject of buying woodland was mentioned. I'd saved the post to read later and finally got around to it today!

 

 

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Mr. Ed, this is by far the best thread I've seen on this forum, and the internet still seems to be working since those posts back in February, and with the world how it is I think some niceness is the perfect thing for the internet. It's also a thread that's managed to keep fairly on track on the topic for 68 useful pages whereas many on here rapidly get towards that length with bickering and the sort of offensive messages that would get posters banned on many forums. So please play nicely hey?

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