Apologies for neglecting Mum’s blog. Life has been hard as Mum died as a result of a car crash for which I was prosecuted. It took until January this year for the case to come to court but I was acquitted and the judge declared the police evidence ‘demonstrably unsound’. It looks likely that there was oil on the road that could have caused me to skid. I have no recollection of the accident and have lost a lot of confidence in my driving abilities since.
In Mum’s memory we invested some of my inheritance in a Northumberland wood not far from where we live and have named it Viv’s Wood.
The wood is located on the edge of the Cheviots in Northumberland National Park. Its size is easy to remember being 3.14 acres (Pi to the non mathematicians amongst you).
There is a Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) along the southern boundary which is also a riverbank. This area contains some mature oaks and a huge Scots Pine along with Juniper.
The rest of the site was a coniferous plantation which was felled and replanted with native broadleaf trees a few years before it came up for sale. The birch has done really well at regenerating from seed and needs to be kept under control to allow the other tree species to thrive.
The site also contains a glade of heather which on our first camping weekend there was the most fantastic purple colour but will again need maintenance to ensure the birch trees don’t take over.
There is a wealth of wildlife in the wood and we hope to attract more species to make it their home. This autumn we installed a pine marten box with the help of the Vincent Wildlife Trust and their ‘Back from the Brink Pine Marten Recovery Project‘.
If any of Mum’s blogging friends find themselves in Northumberland and would like to visit the wood please message us through this blog.