How many miles of roadside trees are vandalised like this each year, I wonder? Flail hedge-smashers must be one of the worse machines available to agriculture these days. Time there was a campaign to ban their use I reckon, who in their right mind can think this is an acceptable way to keep roadside vegetation in check? Although I suppose the current alternative is not much better either – cutting the whole lot down and chipping it. My Goodness, what fools these humans be!
Anyway, here’s a more cheerful tree in Strid Wood, hosting a veritable forest of lichen on its bark:
Plenty of water in the Wharfe too after the recent rain: