|No way to the upper part of the garden|
The solution was to build some ‘dry stone’ steps from the lower patio up to the garden. Slate for this was collected from a nearby quarry and used along with existing stone in the garden.
|Ian making good progress|
|The end result|
The photographs below shows bark stripped from trees in two of our woodlands. Bark stripping is a problem for living trees and, depending on the extent of the damage, may kill them. The fallen tree is quite striking as almost all of the accessible bark has been stripped.
|Bark stripped on standing trees|
|Bark stripped on a fallen tree|
Closer inspection can help determine what has caused the damage. For example, deer have no upper incisor teeth and leave broad teeth marks running up the peeled stem with torn or broken bark hanging at the top. The teeth marks from rabbits and squirrels are much narrower. So next time you see a tree with bark stripped take a closer look and turn detective!
post & photos by Nick - Footpath Team Ranger