Images of Fineshade Wood

 

Golden October

 

This is always the month when, arguably, Fineshade is at its most photogenic. But each October is different and some are definitely more colourful than others.

Vibrant colours in October 2015

Some people said this was the most colourful autumn that they could remember. This set of images were all taken around Fineshade Wood during that month.

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October Fineshade Wood
October Fineshade Wood

Last rays of October at Top Lodge

October Fineshade Wood
October Fineshade Wood

October: Glow worm path

October Fineshade Wood
October Fineshade Wood

Oaks in Westhay Wood

October Fineshade Wood
October Fineshade Wood

The single-track road leading down from Top Lodge

October Fineshade Wood
October Fineshade Wood

Looking towards Top Lodge from the Kings Cliffe bridleway. The red trees are Whitebeam

October Fineshade d
October Fineshade d

Looking towards Mill Wood from the Jurassic Way. The red tree is a Rowan and there is a Horse Chestnut on the left

October Fineshade Wood
October Fineshade Wood

Inside Mill Wood. The high seat is used by Forestry Commission Rangers when culling deer

October Fineshade Wood
October Fineshade Wood

A birch plantation on the east side of Fineshade (Buxton Wood)

October Fineshade Wood
October Fineshade Wood

The Dales Wood Trail

October Fineshade Wood
October Fineshade Wood

The Tree House in Far Markham Wood

October Fineshade Wood
October Fineshade Wood

The steep hill on the Dales Wood Trail. There is a beech plantation on the left

October Fineshade Wood
October Fineshade Wood

Beeches and Oaks in Dales Wood

October Fineshade Wood
October Fineshade Wood

Cyclists and picnickers along the Dales Wood Trail

October Fineshade Wood
October Fineshade Wood

A veteran beech tree on the eastern edge of Fineshade Wood. Some people call it the Cathedral Tree

Autumn Fineshade Wood
Autumn Fineshade Wood

Glow worm path

Autumn Fineshade Wood
Autumn Fineshade Wood

From the Adder Track

October Fineshade Wood
October Fineshade Wood

Hybrid Poplars along the bridleway to King's Cliffe

2014 - less vibrant but poignant images

Every one of this second set of pictures was taken in October 2014 from within the red-line boundary of the area that the Forestry Commission and Forest Holidays were proposing to develop as a holiday village. If they had had their way this area of woodland would have been changed for ever but that threat has now gone  You can read the full story here.

October Fineshade Wood
October Fineshade Wood

This is the proposed site for Forest Holiday' staff caravans

October Fineshade Wood
October Fineshade Wood

This is the site ear-marked for Forest Holiday's "Retreat" with a car park, children's playground etc.

October Fineshade Wood Ash
October Fineshade Wood Ash

This is the edge of Peter's Nook

October Fineshade Wood Wild Service Tree
October Fineshade Wood Wild Service Tree

The orange coloured trees are Wild Service - ancient woodland indicators. This is looking towards Dumb Bob Spinney, the central hub of the development. A luxury cabin was to be positioned in the foreground.

October Fineshade Wood
October Fineshade Wood

This area on the edge of the Ancient Woodland was the proposed site for Forest Holiday's maintenance area and staff accommodation

October Fineshade Wood
October Fineshade Wood

This area is known as Smith's Spinney and is choked with tall grasses covering lots of brash. Excellent reptile habitat. Many cabins were to be built through here.

October Fineshade Wood Hazel Coppice
October Fineshade Wood Hazel Coppice

It is many years since this area has been coppiced. Excellent dormouse habitat

October Fineshade Wood Smiths Spinney
October Fineshade Wood Smiths Spinney

This ride is regularly cut and leads down to the marked trails that run around the northern edge of the proposed development area.

October Fineshade Wood
October Fineshade Wood

A mature oak tree that was marked for felling - it was in the way of a new vehicle track

October Fineshade Wood  Oak
October Fineshade Wood Oak

This major oak stands beside the marked trail to the north of Smith's Spinney.

October Fineshade Wood Ash
October Fineshade Wood Ash

This mature Ash looks particularly attractive - it would have survived to adorn the new development.

October Fineshade Wood
October Fineshade Wood

Another Wild Service Tree with the oak plantation in the background