Piles Copse

Click through the gallery below to discover Kevin Tole’s response to the pedunculate (English) oak woodland in the Erme Valley

Piles Copse is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and has a rich assemblage of high-level oak wood, lichens and epiphytes. It is likely that the trees did not arrive naturally but were planted at some stage. There was a general shortage of small oak (coppice and underwood) in south-west England by about the 16th century, mainly as a result of its heavy use to make charcoal for tin smelting.





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