Thursday, 18 March 2010

Coppiced wild service

On 2 March this year I posted a short piece about coppiced rowan.

Yesterday I found a coppiced wild service tree (Sorbus torminalis) on a bank by an ancient pond in an ancient wood in the parish of Whatlington here in East Sussex.

20100317 Wild service Footlands Wood 015

This is typical of the kind of place the wild service grows in the Weald and often there are only one or two plants.  It is difficult not to believe that local people had a need for just small quantities of the wood or fruit

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