|top path through the woods|
|Detail from above painting showing navvies at work, shaping the landscape. Not sure what the tower was - maybe a temporary building used to help lay out the railway.|
|Red brick fragments on the pathway|
|The oldest tree in the nature reserve|
At a time of general pessimism about humans and the natural world, the nature reserve shows not only that 'nature' is more robust than people imagine (taking only a few decades to re-establish woodland) but that as part of nature, human beings can play a constructive role in co-creating the natural landscape.