Towards the end of the summer, I wrote a post about the North York Moors, which were once covered with trees but have been denuded by and for sheep.
I don’t know much about the history of the landscape around Hadrian’s Wall in Northumbria but it wouldn’t surprise me if it had once been deeply wooded. However, there aren’t now many trees to be seen from Housesteads, a Roman fort on the wall.
At least there are a few trees. After visiting the fort we found a gorge managed by the National Trust and were thankful of a tree to shelter behind. The snow had turned to rain and the wind was biting.
I have no idea what kind of tree it was but I have a feeling its peculiar shape must have come from pollarding at some time in the past. In any case, it’s podgy nether regions were most welcome and its children might one day repopulate the land.