The Roman View?

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.

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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9 Responses to The Roman View?

  1. A delightful tale. Happy new year, Helen.

  2. The New Forest is similar in parts. Some say it is neither new, nor a forest πŸ™‚

  3. Clare Pooley says:

    I have been to Housesteads in August and it was pretty bleak and chilly then! Hooray for the NT and their sheltering gorge! Happy New Year, Helen to you and yours!

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