• Long Coppice - gem on the doorstep

    It never ceases to amaze me how little gems appear right on the doorstep after living here for 30 years. Burley Gate is a village about 1.5 miles from here & after seeing a picture of wood anemones posted on Instagram by our friend Trudie Ballantyne I was intrigued to find out more about this little wood.

    The wood is a narrow band of ancient woodland running down between two large fields. Late 19th century maps name it as Long Coppice.... which is exactly what it is.... and thankfully still is, as someone seems to be managing it very nicely. The light coming in between the well cut coppice stools - mainly of hazel and ash - has encouraged the ground flora and the current display of wood anemones is truly breathtaking. Can't remember when I last saw such a sight. Thanks Trudie and Nick for the heads up on this one.

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