The area in the foreground has recently been re-planted. Mortimer's Forest was established in 1947 as part of the post war drive to make Britain more self sufficient in food and raw materials. Much of it was planted with softwoods such as Norwegian Spruce and Larch. These trees are ready for harvesting after about 50 years. In consequence large areas of the forest were logged off from around ten years ago creating the kind of landscape you see in this picture.