SJ8351 : Overgrown picnic tables by Bradwell Woods

taken 3 years ago, near to Red Street, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Overgrown picnic tables by Bradwell Woods
Overgrown picnic tables by Bradwell Woods
The woods between Newcastle and Stoke, bordered on the west by the A34 and the east by the A500, are ancient oak woodland and, as can be seen on a map of 1117, formed part of a much larger forest which originally stretched the thirty miles south to Stafford.
It was here in 1690 that two Dutch entrepreneurs began to mine the iron-rich red clay from the hills to make teapots which didn't break when filled with boiling water. The 'Brown Betty' teapot LinkExternal link is still made to this day from the same local red clay.
The streams and the two pools at the foot of the hill were for years heavily polluted from landfill and from the industrial estate at the top, but this is improving. The north-west section was declared a Local Nature Reserve by Newcastle Borough Council in 2007, and volunteers have been active in reducing the impact of invasive species such as willow and undertaking other local management projects.
Three public footpaths and a cycle way traverse the wood, converging on (or radiating from) a roundabout on the A500.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 13 November, 2016   (more nearby)
Friday, 18 November, 2016
Geographical Context
Sport, Leisure  Derelict, Disused  Woodland, Forest  Heath, Scrub 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8369 5102 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:3.3708N 2:14.6876W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 83696 51011
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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Woodland  Bradwell Woods  Picnic Tables  Disused Picnic Tables 

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