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Scandinavia? Siberia maybe? No, it's just Bere Forest near where I live in Hampshire, UK.

The Forest of Bere was once quite extensive, and was one of the Royal Forests, known in the 14th century as Bere by Portchester. It covered an area stretching from the River Test at King's Somborne in the west through Hursley, Eastleigh, Bishop's Waltham, Denmead, Waterlooville to Rowland's Castle and Emsworth by the Sussex Border in the east. The forest was used a source of oak for the navy to use in shipbuilding. But 200 years of urban expansion, particularly just to the south in the Portsmouth/Southampton connurbation, has taken its toll, and the forest is now a collection of small remnants of the former great forest. West Walk, where this photograph was made, at 350 hectares, is the largest remaining fragment of the former Forest of Bere. It is managed today by the Forestry Commission and provides important countryside access to the residents of South-East Hampshire.

I must have been walking my dog at the time. She was black and white too...

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Additional Photos by Will Perrett (willperrett) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1072 W: 301 N: 3112] (14215)
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