Under the dense blocks of Conifers in Harridge Woods West, many of the ancient Stoggles have not survived.
RIP, but not forgotten, each is recorded and its condition monitored.
Some of the Stoggles are hardly hanging on.
Near the end of their life the fruiting bodies of King Alfred’s Cakes (also know as Cramp Ball fungus and Coal fungus – Daldinia concentric) cover the stump.
The ancient coppiced “Stoggles” come in all shapes and sizes
Just downstream of Keepers Cottage there is a line of three old coppiced Tree stumps, known locally at Stoggles, that are now in the middle of the Stream
It seems unlikely these grew in the stream, hence perhaps the course of the stream has changed over the years, widened, and worn away round the back of the Stoggles
The upstream Stoggle forms an arch, and is thought locally to have perhaps been an old bridge foundation?