Last week, while driving along the Maultway in Heatherside, I spotted vehicles inside the wire of the Bisley and Pirbright military ranges.
Being a curious soul, I decided on a walk to investigate. I’ve walked from Lightwater to Deepcut and back many times, although not in the past year due to being mayor of the borough. I noticed changes in the landscape that I’d like to tell you about, and show you in my photo journal of my walk, interspered with some older photos.
Firstly, the wet weather we’ve been experiencing has promoted abundant plant and tree growth. Wild flowers and grasses are flourishing, more so than I remember seeing before on this walk. Even though I’ve a Diploma from Merrist Wood’s School of Garden Design I admit to an appalling lack of recognition of wayside plants, so, I hope you’ll excuse the lack of plant identification in the photos.
The fire on the heathland on the ranges in 2010 came right up to the perimeter fence. A stronger wind on the day might likely have meant the fire crossing over to roadside trees and houses on the Maultway. Therefore, I imagine the work going on in the ranges to cut back tree growth near the perimeter fence is a direct result. Even vehicle wrecks in the range have been removed.