Treeton Wood Season: Spring

This is a personal project to record photographically and artistically the changing of the seasons in my local wood. This is 'Spring'.

Treeton Wood is situated between the villages of Treeton and Aughton, 6 kilometres south of the centre of Rotherham. It is the largest semi-natural woodland in the local area and a prominent feature in the local landscape, providing a wooded backdrop to the village of Treeton, where I live.

The path at the western edge of the woods

The wood can be accessed from Wood Lane (B6067). There's no official parking but there is a small layby, big enough for a few cars at the western and eastern end of the wood.

A carpet of Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)

The majority of the wood is dominated by dry, acid woodland with a mixture of young Birch and Oak.

Bark of the Oak

At this time of year the wood comes alive, as the wild flowers push up through the soil of the woodland floor to feel the life giving light of the sun, white, green, yellow and purple are visible amongst the trees.

A typical English woodland landscape.
The low angle of the sun amongst the trees creates long shadows
The Common Bluebell
Early morning light creates a shadow bluebell on the trunk of a nearby tree.

Along Treeton Brook, which defines the south-eastern edge of the wood, there is a strip of damper and more nutrient-rich woodland, characterised by a mixture of Elm, Wych Elm and Ransoms (Wild Garlic).

A carpet of Ransoms (Allium ursinum) runs along the bank of Treeton Brook.
The pungent smell of garlic is unmistakable as you walk along the path through the Ransoms.
Decay and Rebirth

The weeks pass;

and the seasons change;

and Spring becomes Summer.

Created By
Chris Charlesworth

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