This is the start of a project to reinstate a section of the old track between the meadow and the drive to the cottage. One of its aims is to restore part of the public footpath and provide walkers with a hard surface during the winter instead of the annual mud bath.
We do not know when it acquired its hardened surface but you can see the line of the track in the white chalky area uncovered by the digger. This is the first time this part of the track has seen the light of day for around 40 years.
Due to the current lockdown this project has been slow to start and may go on for some time longer than we expected. There may be piles of earth and materials at various times, and we would appreciate it if small children were kept from climbing on them. The public right of way will remain open but please be patient if you are asked to wait a couple of minutes. Many thanks.
A big thanks to Mark (below) for removing the large piles of well-seasoned logs from the path-side near the stream. We’re keeping it local, Mark’s firewood business is Ogs Logs based in Henfield and you can contact him 07966 431930.
This is the second time that we have found growths of ivy which have been deliberately killed by someone sawing through the ivy stems. We do not know why people do this, but we can only assume that they think ivy damages trees in some way. Everyone needs to understand that ivy does no harm whatsoever to healthy trees and removing it does nothing but damage to the natural environment.
Ivy provides abundant and irreplaceable nesting habitat for small birds, it provides food and habitat for numerous insect species on which the birds depend. And it provides a late season nectar resource for bees and other flying insects. Ivy has no effect on tree health but removing it will certainly damage the health of other species. We manage this wood for the benefit of everything that lives in it and we are naturally upset by this form of vandalism, however well-intentioned people believe themselves to be.
In some countries with different ecosystems ivy might be considered an invasive species, for example, there are numerous American websites advising the removal of ivy. In this country no such problems exist and removing ivy does nothing but harm. If you are visiting woodlands and removing ivy you should desist immediately. If you know anyone who does this tell them to stop.