Strictly speaking, we shouldn't have entered the woods at that point because they are clearing the conifers and replanting with native broadleaved trees to restore the traditional oak forest and the gate is locked with a warning about felling operations. However, they haven't been working their since lockdown began, so we climbed the gate and had a lovely walk around a 1 mile circuit of small paths and forestry tracks.
Any existing deciduous trees are being left and the conifers cut down.
It looks a bit of a mess at the moment, but once the project is complete, the new native trees will soon grow. Regarding the felling work, we knew that it was safe to walk in the forest because everywhere was silent. Felling trees is not something you can do silently!
A pile of logs awaiting collection. G says at the WR on the end of one of the logs stands for Western Fir.
There is still more of the woodland to explore, so there will be more expeditions to come.
[Written on 10 August and backdated because I wanted it to show on the right date.]