If you’ve been walking in Fingle Woods recently you may have noticed a few new features. They’re not grand or dramatic but these simple wooden posts with a dash of white paint are going to play an important role in the woodland restoration work. Each one has been positioned so that archive photos can be taken from each point, recording the way the woods look today and capturing the gradual changes throughout the conifer felling programme. Some stand where rides will be opened up and others will focus on particular treasured oak trees to tell the story of how they will be released from the shady conifers around them. This year’s thinning has started and the original images have been taken by local photographer Paul Moody who will keep the camera poised while the work is in progress and after it is over. Each photo archive position has been fixed by global positioning system so the recording of the restoration can carry on for many decades to come. The result of all this archiving will create a series of slideshows that will trace this unique restoration project for many years. It’s the ultimate before and after photo on a landscape scale.
by Matt Parkins