Saturday, 23 March 2013

Woodland in County Clare

The Girl and I occasionally go visit a particular woods in County Clare, owned by an old woodsman named Del Harding. Harding has lived an almost Paleolithic life there for more than four decades, and gives periodic classes about bushcraft and wilderness survival.

The reason his forest grows so lushly is that, while he sells or burns a bit of the wood, he buries much of it back in the soil again, feeding mycellium that grow mushroms, gradually replenishing the soil, assissting drainage and preventing eroision. In doing so, he said, he is duplicating the way forests were supposed to work before the coming of humans, and the forest responds.

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