Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Barking up the wrong tree

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There has been an explosion of leaf growth. Spring seemed so long in coming this year, well the handbrake is now off. The trees have a fine new suit to wear and they look splendid.

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You might remember me waxing lyrically about the roe deer that had been in the field? And how I came up close to it in the village? Well it has lost its Bambi status.  look what it did to my silver birch sapling, a silver wedding present…

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If we were regularly visited by rabbits and deer, I suppose we’d use tree guards, but I’m on a bit of a rant about these plastic wrappers at the moment. I saw so many when we were down at Rutland Water, on the nature reserve for heavens sake, that had become embedded within the trees. Tree guard 4.jpg

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here is the archaeology of the future.

At least there are alternatives

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The sooner we crack on with using them the better.

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

5 thoughts on “Barking up the wrong tree

  1. I especially like the first picture. Oh dear ( or should that be deer!). How sad to see trees with embedded plastic protectors like that. xx

  2. I’ve never in my life seen such a plastic protector for a tree. I’m sure something must be used here, but I don’t know what it is — other than regular wire fencing that stands off from the tree a bit. We certainly have enough deer — perhaps we have so many trees people just don’t worry about it. I don’t know — I’ll have to do some exploring.

  3. They like plastic tubes round here.

  4. That first tree is magnificent!
    I feel sorry for those other poor trees though x

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