A wood without paths

One thing that needs sorting out in my garden is the paths. The root cause of my knee problem could be the amount of twisting as I navigate across bricks and ill-places paving stones to hang the washing out and get to the bins. However, impatient though I might be to get this job done, I need to wait for other jobs to be done next month.

So, in order to distract myself, yesterday we explored an ancient wood, on the other side of the village, which may be obliterated by HS2.

At first, I was surprised that there were no paths. But then, why would totally natural woodland have them?

At the moment, the lack of paths is only a marginal challenge if you have sturdy shoes and jeans on. Come summer, on the other hand, the brambles would no doubt lead to a bit of cursing. So, I’m glad we made the effort when we did!

Something else to distract me is a book I picked up from the library today.

I’d been on the waiting list for Isabella Tree’s Wilding about how she and her husband transformed an estate into a haven for wildlife for quite some time. Now, my small corner of the world is unlike to attract large mammals or even owls and peregrine falcons but who knows what might appear once I stop disturbing the land.

Oh dear, I can feel the impatience coming back, so I’d better get on with making tea. Not long till February now….


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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10 Responses to A wood without paths

  1. gaiainaction says:

    That books does look interesting Helen, let us know how you get on please. And I recognise the impatience too…but am trying to hang on to January all the same as I am doing a big clear out and sorting of all my herbs inside the kitchen and it’s a hug job which I want finished before the end of this month 🙂 Lovely forest walk, a pity that wood will be destroyed!

  2. One of the blessings of our garden is that, although we had to unearth most of them, they were all there when we arrived 5 years ago

  3. Carole says:

    One of my projects for this year is to plant walkable ground cover plants on my ‘paths’. I’m thinking of things like oregano, ajuga reptans, clover, and even achillia.

    ‘Wilding’ is also on my book list 🙂

  4. I hope you had that cup of tea, and now here were are just a month from the first day of spring, give or take a day.

    • Helen says:

      ‘Tea’ is northern England means evening meal. We do use it to mean the drink, of course, and without a context I realise it might be confusing!
      Anyway, it is very springlike here. Warm and sunny, so no excuse not to get outdoors 😊.

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