Left in the house was an old photostat of the history of the woods, from their first appearance in the Domesday Book. Archive Information for Hazel Wood ST89/19 ST 863 990 From Domesday Book compiled in 1086 there is the …..
For the first weekend, it was rather more Withnail & I than romantic idyll. First job was to go kindle collecting, something left unwisely until after dark. The previous owner had left a good supply of logs and old friend …..
The ancient beechesThere are ancient trees that stand at waypoints of the land, as if to guard over it. Most are beeches, too thick for one or two people to wrap themselves around. This is one of my favourites, from …..
This story starts with track that leads from a lumpy paddock, through a metal gate, onto a hillside. To the left young beech trees and grizzly elders, to the right a slope into a tangle of brambles and new trees …..
Where is the wood, you ask. It is in Gloucestershire, and is one the the historic woods in the area. Over the past few years it has been tended to in places, and allowed to grow in others. It is being …..
There are a variety of trees across this historic wood – sycamores, maples, birches, elms and ash trees – some in their infancy, some pushing up hard against the sky.
Bluebells everywhere, arriving in spring to splash the earth with colour.
There’s a valley in this forest, so shady that the banks are carpeted with autumnal leaves even up until March or April. A spring that starts at the head marshy runs through it gathering strength.
It grows in dense patches, smelling sweet even more so when trodden underfoot. And it is edible