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Sunday, 31 October 2010

SACRED GROUND


There is nothing, for me, that quite compares to a good walk in a wood or forest, every one is different and has its own distinct 'personality'.
There is are significant differences between, for example, a Pine wood as compared to a wood of mixed decidious trees.
The wildlife habitats are so different, hence the biodiversity is also different.
'Younger' pine woods can be fun to explore but for me, ancient Engish woodland, undisturbed and unmanaged by man are the 'real' woods, this piece (I hope) reflects my love of such places.

SACRED GROUND
To walk among the Oak, Beech and Ash
The Silver Birch and Yew
Ancient mixed deciduous woodland
There is no finer view

This place is a haven for native species
A remnant of the past
Predating the planting of evergreen pines
Protected now at last

Exposed by the digging of fox or badger
Shells of Roman Snails can still
Be found beneath the trees
Upon this chalky down-land hill

For this is English woodland of old
Our natural history
Gnarled old Oaks dominate this wood
Behold the king of trees

This is truly sacred ground
There by God's fair hand
No man made temples or beliefs
To spoil this ancient land

To walk among the Oak, Beech and Ash
The Silver Birch and Yew
Ancient mixed deciduous woodland
There is no finer view.

3 comments:

  1. Wonderful poem and photos. I have to agree with you, I love deciduous woodland far more than pine plantations. I think there's probably an appeal to the 'randomness' of ancient woodland, rather than laying out fast-growing trees in off-set grids.

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  2. Cool post Grant, and this time of year good for being out amongst the trees as their Autumn colours are dominating.

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  3. Thanks Ash & DM's for commenting, always good to hear from you.

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