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A GLADE IN THE NEW FOREST: STATELY BEECHES BEFORE THE COMING OF THE LEAF

A GLADE IN THE NEW FOREST: STATELY BEECHES BEFORE THE COMING OF THE LEAF

Between Southampton Water on the east and the river Avon on the west the New Forest provides an almost matchless variety of scenic charm. Part of its 92,000 acres is that primeval woodland of oak and beech, the natural forest that was here long before a Norman king made of it a hunting-ground; part is artificial enclosures where the trees were sown or planted by man; and part open spaces where grass, gorse or bracken takes the place of trees. The beech glade shown above is typical of one phase of the forest's character.

Other pictures from Historic Forests of Britain

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RUFUS STONE, NEW FOREST

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