Bellever Forest Oil on Canvas

Lawrence Dyer

Beaworthy, United Kingdom

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A beautiful snowy evening at Bellever Forest near Postbridge in Devon. This remote forest of mainly spruce and pine is situated deep in the wilds of Dartmoor, a well-known national park in the South-West of England.

Nowadays the trend in English forestry is to replace softwoods (conifers) with hardwoods (broad-leaved trees) as the softwoods are cropped. England’s natural forests are predominently broad-leaved trees, there being only four species of conifer which made it across the land bridge from Europe as the ice sheets melted at the end of the last ice age.

Despite this, and even understanding the fact that the conifer plantations offer little to wildlife when compared to broad-leaved forests, I still cannot help but admire the majestic dark towers of the spruce spires. Perhaps they are out of place in the UK and have been for the hundred years or so that they have dominated parts of Dartmoor and elsewhere but I will still be slightly sad to see them all go completely, even though I prefer to see a broad-leaved woodland.

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