Photograph by Steve Barnett

Tuesday, 18 March 2014


Here's another Crack Willow (Salix fragilis) that suffered in the recent storms.  It's been there for about 400 years.  It has survived at least 400 fierce storms before, but this winter they have been extraordinary in their strength.  So here is what remains of the last willow on the right bank of the Derbyshire Wye.  I think there is a chance that it may be left this year to see how it might work some magic in the river bed.  It isn't dead yet so fresh shoots are likely to grow and it could even change the shape and nature of the Junction Pool just below it.

I love willows.  In Great Britain only Oaks support more species than the willow.  Willows are "givers".


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