The damp weather seems to have encouraged some really good fungi. White Pine Triangle has seen a succession of spectacular parasol mushrooms. Next door in Central Firs there has been a good crop of fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) which associates particularly with birch and pine.
The Cypress area has been cleared of bracken and some young sycamore saplings and shoots removed to give the cypresses more light and room to grow.
We also took the decision to remove a small oak in the Spruce Plot for similar reasons. The spruces beneath it were very much in the oak canopy’s shadow. Because there was no room to clear fell it, we had to use a ladder and hand saws to cut off the branches before removing the trunk. Well done John and Mike – under Edward’s supervision! The crab apples, also in the Spruce Plot, have fruited prolifically this year but are getting very tall and tangled, so we have started to prune them, which should rejuvenate them. to edit.