When we first found Le Grand-Pressigny the river bank furthest from the village centre looked like this. The row of trees by the water's edge was cut down some years ago.
This fisherman misses it. So do I.
Too many trees being felled IMHO!
Angela, I've a feeling there was a good reason for it at the time although I can't now remember what it was. The view was changed for ever.
Why are so many trees being felled these days?
Tom, see above. I'm sure there are people out there that do remember the reason why. The course of the river was also modified and I can't remember why that was done, either.
The trees were in danger of destabilising the bank. The weir was also removed. The river is in much better condition for these changes and some other little tweaks to ensure a good range of fast flowing shallow water and deep pools. This section of the river is some of Yohann our river technician's best work and in my opinion considerably more picturesque now as well. Wrong tree species in the wrong place I'm afraid.
Thanks Susan, I knew I could rely on you for the answer!
To me, the views are restful and pastoral both with and without the trees. Looks like an eternally charming piece of France. Your photos could be paintings. Hope you can go back soon.
Kiwi, as yet we have no idea and no expectations of when we will be able to travel to France.
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