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After the Fire | Lickey Hills | August 2022


During last month’s heatwave, wildfire tore through woodland on Rednal Hill in the Lickey Hills, just south of Birmingham. Temperatures exceeded 40C for the first time ever in parts of the UK, and in Birmingham we had two days of 38C. I’ve never experienced heat like it, it was so incredibly uncomfortable.

Thankfully the fire was quickly brought under control, and the families who live nearby who had been evacuated were able to return to their homes. This evening Ed and I went for a walk on Rednal Hill. To my amazement, ferns and bilberry are already beginning to rise from the ashes. There’s something poetic about witnessing sap green growth emerge from scorched earth in late August, when everything else is beginning to die back as summer fades to autumn.

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