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17 September 2019

Tidenham Chase Park

Grid Ref ST558992

Once again, a large team came to Tidenham Chase to continue the birch clearing and it was a beautiful day of our Indian Summer. We all worked well and in harmony clearing and burning a glade of self seeded birch and enjoying the warmth of the sun.

Piling the branches on the fire which actually became quite enormous!

Bracket fungi growing on an old birch tree.

Tree bracket fungus is the fruiting body of certain fungi that attack the wood of living trees. They are of the mushroom family and have been used in folk medicines for centuries. Bracket fungus info tells us that their hard woody bodies were ground to powder and used in teas. Unlike many of their mushroom cousins, most are inedible and of the few that can be eaten, most are poisonous. Anyone who has tried to remove one of these brackets will tell you that they are rock hard; so hard, in fact, that they can be carved into works of art and beautiful jewelry.

Piles of cut birch are still waiting to be burnt.

As usual, the stumps have been treated with herbicide.