R3. Follow the sign post across the meadow towards Pool Grove.


As you cross the field look to your left to see the characteristic profile of the evergreen Scots Pine in the hedgerow on the far northern edge of the field. The tree in the same border with the pendulous feathery profile is a Birch.

To your right as you approach the path out of the meadow is a single White Poplar behind a large patch of bracken. The bark is silvery grey with distinctive diamond shaped markings known as rhomboid lenticels. This tree mainly propagates by means of root suckers, which can spread to form colonies. To help these establish, the Friends have protected them from grazing animals with plastic sheaths.

On leaving the meadow note the Blackthorn bushes on both sides. These ar resplendent with white blossom in springtime and in the autumn/winter bear black fruits called sloes – much prized for sloe-gin. 

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