2 November 2008

Hops in a conifer plantation

On the old lane running south west from the main car park in Brede High Woods there are several hop plants that scramble high in the conifer trees every year.

20081027 Brede High Wood hops

They are sufficiently common along here, though they do occur at other places in the woods, for it to be possible that this was a hop garden prior to the construction of the reservoir in the 1930s when this area was still part of Brede High Farm.

Although they appear very vigorous, the bines seem only to have leaves and no actual hops.

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