Saturday, 19 April 2014

Where's Elliot?

Posted by Ben

We went to look for Elliot but when we got there he wasn't there.  Nor were some of the trees.  What had happened?


Elliot was a very old fallen tree friend who looked like a dragon and we imagined we flew across the fields on his back.  When Mum and I walked to the woods on Wednesday we found that the wood men had been in and felled some of the trees and cut up Elliot.  Whilst we were very sad to see Elliot gone we also knew that the felling of the trees is not actually a bad thing.  This felling is called coppicing and each cut tree will actually regrow lots of new stems that in time can be cut to make broom handles and chair legs etc.  In this case the wood is used for firewood. When the trees are cut there is more light so more flowers such as wild garlic and bluebells can grow.

With the trees cut we were able to find new path and we explored it.

We found a dead tree full of woodworm and woodpecker holes:


We climbed trees, or rather I did and Mum didn't!  If you click on the picture you can make it bigger!


We found some mating snails:


And we looked for animals in holes:



We bashed our way through the undergrowth which as prickly:


And we stroked soft moss on a rock:


It was sad to see Elliot gone but because of that we ended up have a great walk.
Have you got some favourite woods you like to explore?


10 comments :

  1. We do have this fave place that we go too. It is nice there especially when its really hot as the trees protect us from the harsh sun rays. It called weton woods. Love your trip. Its so nice to give trees names #countrykids

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    1. Our woods are lovely and cool in the Summer too :)

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  2. Love it when we find a dragon to ride. Sorry yours has gone, but hopefully there will be another one to discover. #CountryKids

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    1. There is another tree dragon but he is a bit short as the wood men have cut a big chunk off him!

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  3. Lovely photos and adventure, thanks to Elliot. We love exploring wherever we go, but I do think woodland walks, spotting nature along the way, are amongst my favourite adventures.

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  4. Fab photos! We have a nature reserve near by and it's so lovely just walking around and exploring, girls have such fun x

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    1. You should come and explore our woods then ;)

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  5. Cardinham Woods here in Cornwall is beautiful and has several different trails to follow which is always an adventure. It's a shame about Elliot but as you say the old makes way for the new - thanks for linking up and sharing your woodland adventure with Country Kids.

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