Tottington Woodlanders

We are a registered charity which manages an area of ancient woodland next to the village of Small Dole near Henfield in West Sussex.

I’m Not Sure Wassail Works!

Fallen Apple

Wassailing apple Cheap Adidas Shoes Parajumpers Long Bear Outlet tree s is an ancient custom which is supposed to revitalise apple trees and improve their fertility.  On two occasions we have Golden Goose Pas Cher wassailed the apple tree adjacent to  the butterfly glade, and on each occasion there have been disastrous consequences.  On the first occasion a third of the tree collapsed and fell – the stump of this episode is clear in the adjoining photograph.  On that occasion the loss was totally unexpected.  Sadly during the recent winter storms the rest of the tree has succumbed.

This venerable tree has stood for many years giving untold pleasure to those who use the wood.  It was a wonderful sight to see the tree full of blossom and later to find the path carpeted with fallen petals.  But it was in the autumn Barbour Jacka Rea when it was crowned with an abundance of tiny crab apples that it’s true majesty could be appreciated.

Many people in Small Hat Scarf And Glove Set Cheap Dole and from further afield will miss this magnificent tree and grieve it’s passing.  However, dying is only part of the cycle in the wood.  The tree will now go on to provide wood for our turners, fragrant fire wood and a home for numerous invertebrates.  As what remains decays it will add nutrients to the soil for new trees to benefit from.  Indeed beside the root ball lies one of last years crabs, potentially this could grow into another great tree like its mother.

p.s. I’m sure wassailing was not really to blame, and the pageantry was great fun.


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