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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 9th January, 2020)

Borsdane Wood

Borsdane Wood
Tree carvings in Borsdane Wood taken New Year's Eve.

Photo: Harry Cunliffe  (Panasonic DMC-FZ38)
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Comment by: Orb on 9th January 2020 at 00:58

I was knocking on that door for a full hour the other day. theres no one in...

You can talk sense to a man with a wooden leg. But not a wooden head.

Comment by: Arthur on 9th January 2020 at 06:02

I like the top right, it reminds me of cartoon character the door mouse.

Comment by: fred on 9th January 2020 at 06:44

knock knock'

Comment by: Wendy on 9th January 2020 at 07:53

Aww I love the fairy door....it reminds me of The Magic Faraway Tree.

Comment by: irene roberts on 9th January 2020 at 08:12

As soon as I saw the top right photo, my mind went straight back to The Babies' Class, (as we used to call Reception) at Ince Central School. and the first poem I ever learned there...."Someone came a-knocking at my wee, small door". I have never forgotten it and can still say it.

Comment by: jj on 9th January 2020 at 08:32

There's an issue here. Fair enough if the tree bark is already removed eg by disease, but to remove the bark of a healthy tree to create these carvings is vandalism of the worst kind.

Comment by: Gary on 9th January 2020 at 08:59

If the keeper from the 1950s was still around the tree carvers would be travelling in space from a boot up the backside.

Comment by: Veronica on 9th January 2020 at 09:00

Let's just say there's more art/craft in those carvings than the bald headed dummy sweeping the stick over the floor.
My favourite is the door, even without a latch!
Well done for capturing the 'collection'

Comment by: Philip G. on 9th January 2020 at 09:09

Good thinking, JJ. And I feel it quite likely that the artist would have been given a knowing nod beforehand. The carving at top-right is the winner for me, while the other three have something of the Burne-Jones about 'em'. Thanks Harry.

Comment by: Anne on 9th January 2020 at 09:48

I have a crabapple tree with a great lump of bark missing owing to damage caused by another tree falling. It happened about fifteen years ago, no effect on trees health whatsoever. Maybe I should do a carving.

Comment by: Veronica on 9th January 2020 at 13:42

The more I see these carvings the more I think they look like Fairy -story book illustrations!

Comment by: David Hanbury on 9th January 2020 at 15:21

Borsdane Friends Group commissioned the wood carvings (16 in total) from a nationally recognised local tree carver with Brighter Boroughs funding. There is no lasting harm to the trees, and the kids and their families who do the Nature Trail Worksheets (available at Hindley and Aspull Libraries) absolutely love them!

Comment by: Elizabeth on 9th January 2020 at 16:36

Walked through Borsdane Wood yesterday and saw these.Lots of toddlers with parents looking at them.

Comment by: janet on 9th January 2020 at 16:40

those trees will die in a few years

Comment by: peebee on 9th January 2020 at 19:03

Unfortunately so will some of WW posters janet. :(

Comment by: Philip G. on 9th January 2020 at 19:27

Have faith Janet. I'd seen Ray Mears plug the hole in the tree that he'd once drawn sap from, and heared him say that the wound would heal nicely - poor lad must have been spittin' fithers.

Comment by: Ken R on 9th January 2020 at 21:37

Nice photos and very interesting. When I was a young kid I visited (about six times) Borsdane Wood, starting at the Aspull side, on entering the Wood I would get a strong feeling of foreboding, I can't explain it , but it did happen each time I went there. Perhaps that is why I only went so few times. Perhaps the Rev. could make a comment?

Comment by: fw on 9th January 2020 at 22:47

No lasting harm I hear you say ,
And the children adore them as they pass by
this way,
What kind of message do we teach to our young ,
Carve into that tree, don’t worry it’s strong ,
Why can’t we leave things and accept what they are ,
door for the Fairies ? But I just see scar...

Comment by: Poet on 10th January 2020 at 09:12

Old Love

We carved our names on solid elm,
The initials told how our hearts did feel.
Now that ancient tree has never fell,
And our names in the bark have never healed,
Though once they cut an orange hue,
They're faded now like me and you.

Comment by: irene roberts on 10th January 2020 at 09:19

Ken, I know exactly what you mean about Borsdane Wood. We used to take our dogs through and I got the same feeling of foreboding. I used to feel I was being watched from entering to leaving, I would never have walked through alone. I'm glad it's not just me who experienced that.

Comment by: Veronica on 10th January 2020 at 10:11

Folk stop in their tracks, without alarm,
Carvings on tree trunks,symbols of charm,
Only impressions, indented to last,
Adorned with care and beauty to blend with the past...

Comment by: Mick on 15th January 2020 at 22:06

This is all because of film shows like Lord of the Rings and soft mothers, some of these soft mothers are hanging all sorts of stuff from the trees in the Fairy Glen wood in Appley Bridge

Comment by: Harry C. on 18th January 2020 at 13:37

Thanks all, sorry for the delay only just seen it, H.

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