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The Forest of Dean by H. G. Nicholls

Planting also the delves between Serridge and Sallow Vallets


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the 6th of June this same year the sixth and last of the "Triennial Reports of the Commissioners of Woods," &c., came out, signed Lowther, Wm. Dacres Adams, Henry Dawkins.

With reference to 1830, Mr. Machen's note-book supplies the following memoranda:--"2nd March, planted trees on each side the road to Breem, also on the side of the Coleford Road below Bromley Enclosure, and about Catchcan Coal-works, continuing the avenue down the Long Hill, planting also the delves between Serridge and Sallow Vallets, at a cost of about four pence per tree, no fences being put round them. We planted also in the Greens of Russell's Enclosure. Some pineasters and larch were likewise planted on the old Quarry Mounts, by the sides of the road leading from Park End to Coleford, as likely, if successful, to produce a good effect.

"(March, 1831, all died; renewed March, 1834--these mostly alive and flourishing.)"

"May 28th.--The most extraordinary blight is now upon the trees that I believe ever was known: it is confined entirely to the oak, and chiefly to the large trees, although in some parts it is extending to the young plantations. The whole of the High Meadow woods and great part of the Forest, particularly Russell's Enclosure, and where the timber is thick, are entirely stripped of their leaves, and look as if fire had passed through them. Where a beech stands amongst them, it is perfectly

green, and the oaks all around quite brown. The grubs and their webs are so thick, that it is disagreeable to ride amongst the trees, and like going into a net."

On the 8th June, 1830, the First Annual Report of the Commissioners under the 10th Geo. IV., c. 50, was issued. It was signed by Lord Lowther, Wm. Dacres Adams, and Henry Dawkins. Mr. Machen states in his Memoranda, that "this winter single trees were planted on Breem Eaves; triple rows on Clearwell Meend, by the roads on Coverham, on the Delves. We mended over the spots that have failed in Oaken Hill, Stapledge, Acorn Patch, Crab-tree Hill, Sallow Vallets (chiefly by drawing out where the trees are too thick). Most of the enclosures are now quite filled up." And under date Nov. 1831, he gives the following statement of the several plantations:--

Acres. Land now under plantation in Dean 11,000 Forest, enclosed by Act of Parliament Whitemead Park 240 Ellwood 90 Old Keeper's Land (3) 90 ------ 11,420 High Meadow and Doward 3,288 Planted with single trees 1,114 Young trees of natural growth 150 Old timber 528 ------ Total 16,500


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