Several large trees came down at our woodland burial ground in the Scottish Borders last night in gusts of 120mph. Mary and Colin the custodians will be up there clearing the debris over the next few days and later transplanting seedlings. It's sad to see but it's all part of woodland regeneration. One of the benefits of a natural burial ground is the long term view and sustainable approach to preserving the landscape. The fallen trees represent about 5% of the woodland and there were already young trees developing as part of on-going forestry management.
There is an interesting BBC article on the 'healing power of nature' and how woods recovered from the great 1987 storms.
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