Glossary: Beech forest
I think of beech forest as light and open, but that’s because I’ve never seen beech forest – all I’ve ever seen is narrow stands of beech. That makes a big difference, because beech woodland has a high canopy but a dense one. Even in small stands, that can mean enough shade to suppress any ground cover (except for bluebells, which experience tells me will survive anything short of flamethrowers), and that makes a lovely open woodland. In larger stands, in forests, it makes it dark and gloomy, despite its spaciousness, and that’s the unsettling forest through which Dram is travelling.