Visitors to Cratcliffe Tor in the Peak District should notice something different about the site following work at the weekend (March 13th and 14th) to clear trees from the vicinity.
The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) called in a tree surgeon to clear some of the trees at the foot of the tor, in order to allow those coming with their climbing gear
to enjoy easier access, due to the improved light levels brought about by the thinner canopy.
It has carried out the work using cash from the BMC Crag Care Fund, with the agreement of the landowner and the Peak District National Park Authority.
The BMC issued an apology that it could not get the work done during its preferred time of the middle of the week, meaning it was better for climbers to pick another place to climb when the work was taking place.
Another location where the felling of trees is being undertaken to enable people to enjoy more climbing opportunities is Cheddar Gorge in Somerset.
The BBC Country Tracks programme on January 17th featured the work being done there to restore the near-treeless state of the gorge that existed in Victorian times.
Posted by Brandon Egley