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Princess Royal spoil heap trim-up.

When the colliery closed, the spoil heap of Princess Colliery was planted with trees to stabilise the slope. Since then, the trees have grown up and been joined by many “self-setters”. The trees are now being thinned.

A photo showing Princess Royal spoil heap - photo (c) Robin Phelps
Princess Royal spoil heap – photo (c) Robin Phelps

This photo, taken from Yorkley Wood by Robin Phelps, shows the valley of the river Lyd enveloped in fog with the top of the Princess Royal spoil heap above the top of the fog. Bream (top left) is in sunshine.

A photo of Princess Royal spoil tip from the Lydney road
Princess Royal spoil tip from the Lydney road

This photo, a detail from an old postcard, shows the spoil heap before tree growth had become established. Park Hill is in front of the spoil heap.

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Moss on the forest floor.

The recent wet weather has given rise to unusual moss growth on the forest floor. The moss is growing on the stems of very small saplings.

A photo showing moss growth on the forest floor
Moss growth on the forest floor
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Oakwood tramway ballast

Recent heavy rain has washed soil from a small section of the Oakwood tramway exposing the ballast. The red colouration indicates that some of the ballast may well have come from one of the Oakwood Mill iron ore levels a mile up the valley.

The arrangement of blocks in the photo show that this is the location of a passing loop.

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Oakwood Tramline near Oakwood Mill.

Some trees that were damaging the tramway wall have been removed by the Foresters’ Forest project.

A photo of Oakwood Tramline near Oakwood Mill
Oakwood Tramline near Oakwood Mill, the Forester’s Forest project has removed some vegetation that was damaging the walls.
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DF 37 found in Whitecroft

Boundary Stone DF 37 re-located in Whitecroft in 2019
Boundary Stone DF 37 re-located in Whitecroft in 2019 – photo from Facebook.
A phot showing Whitecroft Boundary Stone DF 37 re-set in the ground
Whitecroft Boundary Stone DF 37 re-set in the ground

The stone was reset at ground level. (photo: The Forester 19 June 2019)

This stone DF 37 was found in a garden in Whitecroft in early 2019. The discovery was described in The Forester of 19 June 2019.
The article went on to mention stone 42 at Pastor’s Hill here:

“… stone 39 was found in the bed of a stream at Breams Eaves. Elsewhere, stone 42 was found supporting a water butt …”

The Forester – June 2019