Churston Woods (The Grove) Then and Now




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Published on Feb 19, 2017

Music: Pastorale by the Mike Westbrook Jazz Orchestra from their CD Citadel/Room 315. Composed and arranged by Mike Westbrook, featuring Henry Lowther on Trumpet and Alan Wakeman on Tenor Saxophone.

Most of this video was shot in May 2013. It ends with scenes shot in February 2017 by which time many of the trees seen here had been felled. Larch trees, planted in this rare pocket of ancient woodland, probably in the 1950s or 60s for commercial reasons, had been infected by a fungus.
Instead of removing the affected trees, very large areas of the wood are being "blitzed".
A local ecologist informs me.
"This clearance is brutal and poorly timed....
The methods were more suited to commercial woodland in a remote area of low ecological and archeological value than an ancient woodland popular with walkers,
It did not have to be done now, the clearings at Lupton Woods and other places on the estate nearly a year ago were executed with minimal damage to the habitat
The Trust plan is for natural regeneration to replace the trees. This is a cost free option.
It is likely that sycamore will quickly colonise the area as has happened in many local woodlands.
Grazing animals principally deer and rabbits may hinder regeneration

There needs to be a response that involves all stakeholders in putting forward a plan to take the grove woodlands into the future on a strong footing so that future generations can continue to enjoy this unique and valuable natural asset.

There is a new group set up under the auspices of Brixham Futures, the "Brixham Tree group" which aims to brings together people interest in our local trees and woodland and seek practical and sustainable ways to tackle the general loss and removal of trees on the peninsula."
My other video shows the felling operation.

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  • Song

    • Pastorale
  • Artist

    • Mike Westbrook
  • Album

    • Citadel/Room 315
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    • SME (on behalf of Sony BMG Music Entertainment); UMPG Publishing, and 1 Music Rights Societies


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