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Power Lines

Monday 8th May 2000
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tunnel tower, Woolley Edge
POWER LINES cross the lower end of a wood near Woolley Edge motorway services. A swathe of trees and shrubs have been cut back to create a long narrow clearing. The extra light reaching the ground has encouraged a luxuriant growth of woodland wild flowers; Bluebells, some violets (probably Dog Violets, which have pale spurs) and Strawberries (Barren Strawberry?) and a single plant of Wood Sorrel. Perhaps the extra light will encourage the Wood Sorrel to make a comeback.

My sketch shows a ventilation tower for a railway tunnel that passes beneath the wood here.

Richard Bell
Richard Bell,
wildlife illustrator

E-mail; 'richard@daelnet.co.uk'

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