Sunday, 31 July 2011

Macclesfield Forest

Ridgegate Reservoir with Tegg's Nose beyond
(Canon EOS 60D, Tamron 10-24mm @ 24mm, 1/250s @ f/8.0)
Macclesfield Forest is the remnant of the Royal Forest of Macclesfield, a medieval hunting forest. The forest is now mainly a conifer plantation but there are several walking and cycling recreational trails. There are two reservoirs within the forest, Ridgegate and Trentabank. These supply drinking water to the town of Macclesfield.

Red-trunked Pines in the conifer plantation
Despite the predominance of conifers, the forest is a pleasant place for walks. There are some areas of deciduous planting with flowering plants and butterflies along the forest rides.

Rosebay Willowherb
I know that it's a weed, but the individual flowers of Rosebay Willowherb are very pretty.

1 comment:

  1. Last time we were at Macclesfield Forest there was conifer felling in operations and signs up saying that thet were aiming to restore some of the forest to broadleaf which is good.