Such thinning encourages stronger growth and gives more space to historic old growth trees which provide oxygen for
the environment. The work has gone on over several winters with a team of hardworking and skilful helpers.
The wood now presents as an optimal climax forest with full growth trees and only the sturdiest saplings. Oak (downy and turkey), some holm oak, manna ash, hazel, wild cherry and cornelian cherry are the principal trees. Find here a taxonomy of trees at Le Ripe.
Undergrowth has been burnt so that the wood floor is clear of all but autumn leaves.
Interestingly, the forest looks almost
exactly as it did in the provincial registry of 1957. For further comparisons between then and now see From Farm to Forest.
|Apart from the forest which was tended like any other crop and occupies the same area as today, note how intensively the land was farmed 60 years ago|
It stayed green because fewer plants
were competing for water.