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The Forest of Dean by H. G. Nicholls

000 Ruerdean Hill 120


Ruerdean Hill 35,000 Beechen Hurst 52,000 Bromley 35,000 Sallow Vallets 12,000 Park Hill 30,000

and some more, from each of the woodmen's nurseries in their respective enclosures.

In the spring of 1820, 15,000 Scotch firs were planted in Ellwood, in the place of those that died. During the autumn and the following spring, about two million trees, which had been raised in the different Forest nurseries, were also planted out to mend over the different enclosures, viz.--

Oaks. Firs. In Whitemead Park 51,000 50,000 Shutcastle Enclosure 25,500 Ellwood 8,000 16,000 Bromeley 80,000 3,500 Nagshead 460,000 5,000 Aston Bridge 81,000 Ruerdean Hill 120,000 63,000 Haywood 240,000 Edge Hills 10,000 70,000 Crab-tree Hill 115,000 Russells 25,000 Kensley Ridge 210,000 80,000 Yew-tree Brake 125,000

35,000 Blakeney Hill 100,000 13,000 --------- --------- 1,625,500 360,500

Under the usual official permission, the Howler Slade Colliery was connected, by a tramway 350 yards in length, with the Severn and Wye Railways at Cannop, and Mr. J. Scott was permitted to lay down 102 yards of tramway to his coal-works at the Moorwood, and Mr. Thomas Phillips to put up a steam engine at the Union Colliery, in Oaken Hill Enclosure. There was also another tramway extension by the Bullo Pill Company to the Folly and Whimsey Collieries at the head of the Dam Pool. A junction was effected in 1823 between the Severn and Wye, and the Bullo Pill Tramway, by means of the Churchway Summit, parallel to Serridge, thus connecting the eastern and western lines of traffic.

In the year 1822 the consecration of the third of the Forest Churches, St. Paul's, for which a site had been given by the Crown on Mason's Tump, at Park End, took place on the 25th of April, Bishop Ryder attending.

The Fourth Triennial Report of the Commissioners of Woods, dated 1823, intimates disappointment at the little growth made by the new plantations, now eight or nine years old; but, on the other hand, it was observed that "they were doing well, and that slowness of growth was inseparable from their nature, particularly at that age." We learn from Mr. Machen's Notes that at this time, and again in the two succeeding years, very severe frosts, in one instance as late as the 23rd of June, greatly injured the young trees, more especially such as grew in low, moist situations, although in some degree it also touched those on higher lands.


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