Photographer's Note

Wistman's Wood lies at an altitude of 380-400 metres above sea level. One of the highest oak woods in Britain. It became a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1964.

"A beautiful group of stunted oak trees growing among granite boulders.
It covers some 3 hectares and is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall. The wood is famous for its twisted and weathered dwarf trees, covered in mosses and lichens. The trees are mainly oak, but there are mountain ash, hollies and ground plants such as bilberry and woodrush, plus mosses, ferns and grasses.

The wood is managed by the Nature Conservancy Council, with help from local volunteer wardens.

The oaks grow barely 5.5m (18ft) high, and their tangled branches and the unevevn rocky floor make it impossible for Dartmoor ponies and cattle to enter.
This is the main reason why the wood still exists on the moor - its inaccessibility keeps it protected from destructive grazing."

Two more pictures in the workshop; I was undecided which to post as the main, what do you think?

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