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Felled wood

The wood after the cutting of the trees

Until very recently, there was a tall wood beyond the wall which marks the edge of our land. Now it’s been cut for firewood. A tree has been left standing every so often – by law it’s supposed to be every 10 metres – but otherwise everything has been razed to the ground.

When I went up to see the situation today, I was struck by 2 things: one was that some of the logs had been piled on our side of the wall, and the other was that huge quantities of twigs had been dumped on our land as well.

Although it was lunchtime, I found 2 woodcutters busily at work a bit lower down.

I hailed one but he was Albanian and spoke very little Italian. His companion was also Albanian but spoke much better Italian and we were able to communicate.

He told me that someone would be coming to check the boundary later on, and he agreed to throw the unwanted twigs back over the wall onto their side.

As an afterthought, I got him to phone my mobile back in the house so as to lodge his number there, just in case.

It’s so sad to see mature woodland reduced to such a state, and it’s set to get worse as work progresses to areas more ‘in our eye’, but forests here are a commodity like everything else the land produces.

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  1. March 10, 2012 at 1:00 am

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