SE7593 : Christmas Tree plot at Hartoft

taken 4 years ago, 3 km from Rosedale Abbey, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Christmas Tree plot at Hartoft
Christmas Tree plot at Hartoft
Until the late 1980s this was a small peaty field in which we have grown potatoes and cereals.
Probably now owned by Forestry Commission/Forest Enterprise.
A tall 'hedge' of Sitka Spruce surrounds rows of Norwegian Spruce of varying ages which have been carefully trimmed to create a more pleasing compact shape. Surrounding vegetation is also cut or perhaps kept under control with chemical so the lower branches are not spoiled.

Across the valley the ever-changing patchwork of clearance and replanting in Cropton Forest is interesting to see.
Views open up and are closed again.
It is amazing how rapidly usable trees are produced with some I recall being clear felled in the mid 1980s - in first cycle - replanted and being thinned again. Generally they are now much more aware of leaving a few older trees and seed sources all around mean natural regeneration is sometimes enough with very few saplings needing planting. There are also far more patches of deciduous but conifers are still very dominant.
Only Scots Pine is (almost) native here, but Larch, Sitka and in places Noble Fir do very well and will seed themselves quite happily.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 24 September, 2017   (more nearby)
Sunday, 24 September, 2017
Geographical Context
Uplands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 7525 9396 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:20.1396N 0:50.6518W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 7522 9399
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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