Driving to Brockenhurst I spotted smoke in the trees, then big piles of ash and diggers. Interested to see more I parked up in Roundhill Campsite's car park, which is next to the timber extraction and controlled burning work. I've seen controlled burns in the open forest before but not in the thick of the woodland and it's an eerie sight to behold.
NB: The access road to the campsite is being used for the working machinery so expect mud on the road and big diggers en route.
Obviously I kept back behind the 'do not enter' signs, but luckily I had my bigger zoom lens on me so I could get some closer shots - don't fear I wasn't hotfooting my way in the danger zone...
I found it incredibly interesting to see this working side to the New Forest. There's a whole host of forest management that many of us living, or visiting the area don't think about. It's easy to look at tree being felled, or sites where there's hundreds of stumps and feel sad that the trees have been felled but it's a positive thing, managing the forest in a sustainable manner, clearing the forest floor, burning of gorse and so on.
And yes, I smelt of smoke for 3 days after walking round this site!