Wayford Woods has been much in the news.
I'll admit I'd never heard of the place until this week but as it isn't far my curiosity was piqued so why not. We were expecting it to be busy after all the publicity and it was. Fortunately we parked elsewhere and made the woods just a small part of a much longer walk.
It wasn't what I was expecting. The woods were clearly originally a garden with lots of non native plants and specimen trees. Plenty of rhododendron and camellia, some of which was in bloom and looking very decorative even if they play no part in the native ecosystem. Nice ghost gums though. Fortunately there is no money to keep the garden maintained and the natural plant life is starting to try and make a comeback. I was interested to see that they had cut through a lot of the ivy stems. Normally this is now left as it provides an important habitat and contrary to popular belief doesn't harm a healthy tree.
An attempt has been made in one place to introduce some other plants.
Very pretty hellebore but it's a shame they've chosen some fancy double hybrid.
And so on to the famous "fairy doors". The cull has obviously started as many trees sported hinges but no doors.
This was a nice use of a tree stump.
Others I'm afraid just look like litter
This is probably not going to make me popular but the "cull" is well overdue.