Springtime resumes in the Forest of Dean

Following a few days of rain and cold weather, sunshine has returned to the Forest.  At this time of year the young leaves on the trees have a transparency and hue that is lost in the summer.

These trees are still allowing plenty of light to reach the forest floor, later their leaf  canopies will drastically impair plant gowth beneath them.

The bluebells need to grow and flower  while there is still plenty of light available. This year due to unfavourable weather, the bluebells are late and the best displays are yet to come.

Spring is here at last

A “witch’s hat” roof in Parkend.

Finally the sun has returned to the Forest. The birds are singing, buds are bursting, Spring flowers are beginning to bloom. A diverted footpath has revealed an unusual house in Parkend.

Forest of Dean Rocks (on Facebook)

Eight walkers and three dogs discovered two Forest of Dean rocks on the weekly walk from Whitemead, Parkend. Each rock has a Facebook page to document it’s travels. These had found their way to New Fancy viewpoint. However, the finders were visitors to the area so where on earth will the rocks turn up next?

It was pleasing to see that the Forest has dried a little since the recent rains and warmed a little following the departure of the “Beast from the East”.

A photo of a Forest of Dean Rock
Forest of Dean Rock

A Boxing Day walk at Clearwell

Guests of the Tudor Farmhouse at Clearwell took a Boxing Day walk around the village. The forecast rain failed to materialise so the walkers enjoyed sunshine for most of the walk.  They were shown some of the interesting structures that were built or improved by Caroline Dowager Countess of Dunraven such as the former Vicarage (above)  They later saw the hand pump that supplied the vicarage with water.