Has summer possibly arrived? It seems to have taken quite a time to kick in, but people were out enjoying the forest in Ramscombe yesterday.
I was out on patrol with PCSO Louise Fyne focussing our attention on illegal vehicle use of the hills at known hot spots. There were signs of recent vehicle damage at the northern end of the Old Drove Road near Crowcombe Combe Gate …. this is always very frustrating to find, particularly if you feel you have only just missed the culprits! The AONB Service is keen to follow up any illegal vehicle use as this is one of the most damaging and disturbing use of such a sensitive area.
However, on the whole the hills were being used and enjoyed just as you would want them to be … not too busy, with families, visitors, walkers, cyclists and horse riders all out enjoying the beautiful late Spring countryside. The avenue of beech trees along the Old Drove Road in particular are looking stunning with their new bright green, almost fluorescent leaves.
It is a pleasure to be out on the hills when all seems under control and the promise of summer is just around the corner.