About 4 years ago we arranged for a bench to be purchased and installed by Forestry Commission in Hagg Wood. This bench was to commemorate the life of Ron Bielby, who worked tirelessly in the wood until his death in 2011. Because of its location, the bench proved to be very popular with visitors to the wood, giving them the opportunity to sit awhile and enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of their surroundings.
We were therefore very saddened to see that the well used wooden bench had been wrenched from its fixed position early this month and hidden in a rather inaccessible area, where a “den” had been built. In the process some of the supporting struts had been damaged.
It was then later moved back to its original location by the den dwellers in an even worse condition, making it unsafe to use.
In discussion with the Forestry Commission the decision has been taken to remove the broken seat, so unfortunately for now the bench is no longer available as a welcome rest stop.