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28 April 2015

Welshbury Woods, Flaxley

Grid Ref SO681155


A new site for us where we were removing hundreds of old tree guards! They were scattered along a steep hillside which led up to Welshbury Iron Age Fort. Quite a few members of the team turned up but there were so many tree guards that it looks like we are going to have to make a return to this site in the near future.

19 May 2015 - Yes! we returned. Most of the remaining tree guards were high up on the hill and we think we took them all off and left large piles to be removed later. It was a lovely warm day and the difference in the growth of the underlying ferns was dramatic from the last time we were up there. We found this interesting growth on a young tree :







Our Dean Green Team member also works with the Forest of Dean Archaeological Group and he took some of us up to see their recent work at the Hill Fort.

They have been digging under the Iron Age embankments to obtain soil samples in order to identify Sweet Chestnut pollen. It has always been thought that the Romans introduced Sweet Chestnut to Great Britain so, if they can find some pollen it would prove that wrong - if they cannot find the pollen it still does not mean that they are wrong!





Piles of tree guards are at the bottom of the track and we must have removed hundreds during the day!

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