NY6985 : 'Unforested' area near Elf Kirk Viewpoint

taken 4 years ago, 4 km from Falstone, Northumberland, Great Britain

'Unforested' area near Elf Kirk Viewpoint
'Unforested' area near Elf Kirk Viewpoint
This area is shown as clear of trees on the map. It is plainly not planted like the dense forest - the conifers here must be self-seeded. My Granddad was one of the first tree-planters of Kielder Forest: returning from his duties in WWI leading horses dragging cannon through the battlefields of the Somme, he was put to work near Gateshead in coal-mines in 18" seams flooded with 9" of water (the miners laid on their backs in the water, chipping the coal above them into their faces). Eventually carried out of the pit in the early 1930s "too ill to continue working", Granddad was sent to Kielder "to get some fresh air" - back-breaking work planting tiny trees on the steep hillsides LinkExternal link . He and his family lived in a house at Plashetts (the village in the valley, not the mine on the hill) which is now under the water. Until 1956 this was not as remote as one might imagine, as there was a station at Plashetts LinkExternal link and my Grandma used to love her Saturdays in Bellingham and special saved-up-for days-out in Newcastle. Following the closure of the station, they were very cut-off (with a mile-and-a-half up-hill walk to get a bus), and eventually secured a move to Bellingham in 1964. (Astonishingly, despite such a hard life, Granddad lived until he was 86, and was always 'tickled' to have appeared on TV twice - firstly planting trees near Plashetts road-ends, and then alighting from the last passenger train to stop at Plashetts station.)
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Date Taken
Sunday, 29 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Thursday, 3 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 692 858 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:9.9653N 2:29.1008W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 690 858
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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