Pulling Pines

IMG_3485Much practical conservation work comes down to chopping down trees and then burning them in a big fire. That’s because it’s man-made habitats, often open ones like heath and grassland, which require maintenance, and the first thing you can say about a heath that ends up covered in trees is that it isn’t a heath anymore. If we think they’re worth hanging on to, for their stark beauty and unique biodiversity, we have no choice but to get a little brutal with trees growing in the ‘wrong’ places.  There are many small groups of people up and down the country who willingly give their free time to help with this worthy if destructive seeming enterprise, for little more than fresh air, free exercise, and perhaps a cup of tea and a biscuit.

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