The ancient Setwale Wood has -provided remedies for the people of Midsomer for many decades. Now it is the subject of court action by villagers to prevent the impecunious owner of Abbey Farm, James Harrington, from cutting it down to raise finance. Leading light of the save the wood campaign' is neighbouring fanner, Simon Bartlett. The case goes before Causton Crown Court and, after the ruling a fight breaks out between the two farmers. The next day the body of Simon Bartlett's wife is found in a pond in Setwale Wood. Barnaby and Troy investigate.