|before - a wilderness|
|during the clearing: note the burn patch from earlier work and the current piles of prunings and cuttings|
|during the clearing: note the piles of 'rubble' and the ivy cut from the oak|
The former field (once called the secondo campo di sopra by the farmers) is not being cleared back to its pristine state - for this is not allowed, nor do we expect to achieve that. It is being cleared of the rubbish, the scrub and brambles, the blackthorn and weeds, the dead and unsightly branches, leaving only the saplings and trees which have sprung up since the field was abandoned more than 40 years ago.
|more wilderness before|
|the general effect after, towards northwest|
|ditto after, towards southeast and the house|
|from field to wilderness to 'parkland' in two generations?|