Today, I was lucky enough to be able to go for a wander in the beech woods at Lady Spencer’s walk at Hardwick Hall. A nice flat stroll, with plenty of opportunity to look at the trees.
I loved this tree – so expressive!
But I was also reminded again of life – and death – and a new way of living.
This tree is dead, dried up and rotted. Useless you would think. Yet not so. There is moss growing on it and ivy entwining itself around it – there is life – but not as it would traditionally be seen for a tree.
And this tree is providing a place for fungi to grow on.
The board in the woods makes it clear that when trees and branches are cut down, they are left on the woodland floor to house insects.
What appears to be dead, is very much alive and useful.
A parable for our lives I think.