Quite near our house is an abandoned vinyard. It must have been abandoned about 50 years ago as it is now mature woodland, with even some trees already dying.
However, vines are persistent devils, and many still grow there. Recently, one edge of the woodland was cut back to halt its encroachment into a chestnut plantation. Several trees were cut back, and much slashing and mowing performed.
One of the ancient vines must have been destroyed, but it has now grown back with renewed vigour. I have lived with, and around, vines for nearly 40 years, but I have never seen leaves like these before. I placed my mouse on it, just for the photo, to give you an idea of its size. It actually measures 13 inches across. It's HUGE.
Are we about to be taken over by MONSTER VINES?