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Old 06-12-2017, 09:01 PM   #1
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Default A Question regarding Pennymuir, Scotland

Your American Cousin was watching a documentary regarding the Roman Invasion of Scotland, ca. 76 AD, some such date. As the camera zoomed
in on present day Pennymuir, the landscape is a stark, pale green and
soft rolling meadow land. Smack in the middle stands a primeval woodland,
perhaps a few acres. The particular species of trees is not identifiable, but
one imagines towering oaks, beeches, etc. Virtually nothing taller than a shrub, around it.

My question is where did the rest of the trees go??? Was south Scotland
always such a treeless expanse? Did they all get chopped down for houses, masts and charcoal??? Please do educate me.

On the bucket list: visit Stonehaven; idyllic.

Also: any decent British film or current music out there? Tried watching "The Crimson Field," the other night. Oooph, that almost put me under. My regards to the many who gave all, not withstanding.

Thank you in advance.
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Old 07-12-2017, 01:07 PM   #2
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It depends how far back you mean. Britain was once covered by trees, until people arrived. Most of the trees were chopped down to make way for farm land and this has continued for centuries.

I'm not that familiar with the area other than I used to drive through it. I'd imagine that the entire border region was forest, what is now Kielder Forest would have extended up unbroken over that area I guess.

The modern pine forests that cover some of the border regions were planted as managed resources so are not indicative of the types of trees that stood in ancient times.
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Hi. This may explain the loss of the Caledonian forest.

Hope this helps.
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Old 13-12-2017, 04:41 PM   #4
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Terrific, Colin, many thanks. Thank you, too, Bazil. Will plan my visit to the UK starting their and working my way South, when I can get onto it. Many questions answered.

Along those lines, Bill Bryson, noted author, casually threw out a remark that Greater Britain had been populated and depopulated over the course of something like five ice ages- that pre-neolithic humanity had been wiped off without a trace by advancing ice sheets and then was repopulated.

I have tried researching that astonishing statement, but have not found any reference to such an archeological event. Anyone hear of such a turnover in pre-neolithic population in pre-historical Britain??

(I have also been watching "The Seven Ages of Britain," hosted by Bettany Hughes. Superb watch, if you've not seen it. Ms. Hughes veritably breathes life into a forgotten
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I've read several books by Bill Bryson. Enjoyed them all.

The light at the end of the tunnel is probably a train coming towards you
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