A Hallowe'en Tale

So recently I went to Westonbirt Arboretum.  It was a beautiful early autumn day perfect for a walk in the woods.
The colours of autumn were shining in the sun.  It was one of those, this a great day to be wandering around, enjoying the great outdoors and looking at trees days.  Until things began to take a sinister turn......
As I wandered along the many twisting turning paths I suddenly entered a part of the Silk Wood with a different feel.  There was dark and light - and I realised I was walking towards something quite disturbing.
Was this a prison for trees?  Why were they caged so?  There were clearly dangerous and have to be kept separate from each other and definitely away from the general public.

I mean - look at this one, it is definitely getting ready to pounce - I could almost feel the tension building up within it....
and this one - it looks sort of harmless but I am certain it is penned up for a reason.

Now the more gullible amongst you may believe the stories of it being protection against deer, rabbits and other fluffy big-eyed animals - but I have seen Bambi and I don't believe he ever ate a tree.  No - these trees are dangerous and I for one was very grateful to get away from this area and into the safer parts of the wood where the trees are safe to be alongside the public without additional security.
For those of you who take part - hope you have a great Hallowe'en.


  1. I love Westonbirt, your great pics make me want to visit again soon!

  2. We were interested by those cages too. Very small baby trees enjoying super protection. Made us rather worried, as planting new orchard. We have deer, foxes, squirrels, Mountjacks etc.. so may need to do the same, until they can fend for themselves.

  3. Thanks both - I do love Westonbirr but only my second visit - took so many photos!

  4. I'm just watching Autumnwatch on TV and it's from Westonbirt. You didn't fall over Chris Packham and co on your trip? The trees looked stunning from the hot air balloon and in your photos.

  5. Thanks :-) - I didn't see them - but there were areas roped off for the BBC so they were around

  6. All the trees in the deer pens on the Farm are jailed for their own protection. The deer rub the bark off the trees, and in turn the trees die. But your story is more entertaining and interesting.


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