Viv’s Wood

Scots Pine

Scots Pine

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).

Old Part of the Wood

Old Part of the Wood

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‘.

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If any of Mum’s blogging friends find themselves in Northumberland and would like to visit the wood please message us through this blog.


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25 Responses to Viv’s Wood

  1. robtkistner says:

    I am thrilled all the way over here in Seattle Washington USA to know that there is a bit of nature that carries your mom’s (mum’s) name. Viv pops in my thoughts from time to time, especially when I happen across one of the many comments Viv left on my poetry blog. She was always helping me police my spelling – and I loved her for it! 🙂 She liked my work and that still means the world to me. I always enjoyed reading hers. Bless you for keeping Viv present in the world.


  2. colonialist says:

    Remember that I will gladly donate any assistance needed with editing, formatting and even publishing the poems, and the stories like ‘Anne’s Fortune’, both in S.A. and possibly in Ireland.
    For the poems, perhaps some quilt photos (probably in black and white to reduce printing cost) would be appropriate?


  3. colonialist says:

    What an awful ordeal to follow the tragedy! I am really glad it is safely behind you. Added sympathy.
    That wood is a really lovely and fitting gesture to Viv’s memory. The pictures are beautiful, but to enhance them for those of us likely to remain geographically challenged when it comes to a visit, could you give Google Earth co-ordinates to the entrance?


  4. Misky says:

    Sally, how is Jock?


  5. 1sojournal says:

    Sally, thank you for sharing this with all of us. I miss Viv and think of her often. She was a huge part of my getting involved with the online poetry circuit. I love the whole idea of Viv’s Wood. What a terrific tribute to a woman who touched so many in so many ways. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the horrible situation you have had to deal with. Gentle hugs from across the pond.



  6. What a horrible ordeal to have to go through on top of losing your beloved mother. Viv’s Wood is a wonderful gift to your mom and to all who will enjoy it. I think of her and her poetry often.

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  7. barbara_y says:

    Thank you. Seems a perfect gesture. No noisy agricultural machines, and plenty of rambles.

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  8. Misky says:

    What a beautiful way to remember a beautiful woman

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  9. Marie Elena says:

    Goodness … what a perfect and perfectly beautiful gesture to honor your mother. I’m so sorry to hear about the accident. I didn’t know how she had died. That must have been a horrific time for you. So glad you were acquitted. May God help you heal emotionally in the aftermath of such experience and loss. Viv was one of our favorite poets over at Poetic Bloomings. We miss her “voice” and presence very, very much. Gentle hugs across cyberspace. Thank you for updating us.

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  10. restlessjo says:

    Hi, Sally 🙂 🙂 So glad to find this tonight! I’ve not been on the blog so much recently as we have finally managed to sell up in Hartlepool and move out to our Algarve home. I’ve often thought about you and Viv and wondered how you were doing, and if you ever got the poetry book together. This is a lovely thing to do and probably more your style. If ever I’m back that way I’ll be sure to come and take a look. Take care of yourself!


  11. so sorry to hear all of this. I knew your mam because of quilting. My husband and I also cycle camp and we often ride up from the Boro to Northumberland. Would love to visit the wood next spring when we cycle up there. This year we rode from Carlisle to Haltwhistle then across to Bellingham finally staying at my brother’s in Jarrow before cycling home. We have now invested in e-bikes to help us get up the hills with all our camping gear


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