Wasn’t expecting to find a 500 year old Beech pollarded forest here!
This practise was managed by the women of the region in the past. They would pollard (cut branches from above the main trunk- above the height of grazing animals) to produce straight poles. These would be used for firewood & building materials.
While the women & children managed the woodland, the men worked as Shepards, protecting the flock from predators such as the very rare Marsican brown bear and Italian wolf.
Love imagining all these strong women managing the forest… I’m lucky to know some women like that 😉 #abruzzo #italy #beechforest #fagussylvatica #woodlandmanagement #pollarding #ancientwoodland #strongwomen #nature #snow #marsicanbear #wildlife #woodcraft