‘I don’t see problems in the wood’

Irwin and Oscar Wilby, now nine and six respectively, pictured in 2016 on the first day of creating the den in Bluebell Wood.
Irwin and Oscar Wilby, now nine and six respectively, pictured in 2016 on the first day of creating the den in Bluebell Wood.

A Morpeth resident has said she disagrees with claims that there are problem issues in Bluebell Wood.

And Jennifer Mountain has revealed that the shelter in this area referred to in a Herald article earlier this month is actually a ‘den’ made by her and her sons, Irwin and Oscar Wilby.

Concerns have been raised with the owners of the wood in relation to fires, scorched trees and people camping overnight.

People have been moved on and regular patrols are taking place.

But Mrs Mountain believes there is no dangerous activity being carried out in the wood.

She said: “Me and my sons started the den, not shelter, in spring 2016 and it has taken probably about 30 hours over many visits to weave the trunks and branches and add twigs – with other people adding to the den in that time.

“A blue tarpaulin was put there by someone else over a year ago, but we haven’t seen any evidence of someone sleeping rough overnight in the den such as litter or a fire being lit next to it.

“Bluebell Wood is a very beautiful place that everyone should be allowed to enjoy, as long as they are being safe and not endangering the safety of others.

“The camp fires I have seen have always been in the same place in a pit with big rocks and stones around it and providing that remains the case, there is no chance of them going on to cause a wildfire.”