The exposure of these tree stumps at low tide in the Thornham Saltmarshes seems, in some way, symbolic of the amazing discovery in 1998 at neighbouring Holme-next-the-Sea. This coastal strtch is susceptible to strong currents, tidal surges and shifting sands. A combination of these factors led, in November 1998, to the discovery of a previously submerged ‘tree circle’ a henge similar in its formation to Stonehenge. It was clearly of Bronze Age origin, and experts were subsequently able to confidently date its construction to 2049BC. The circle comprised 56 posts and at its centre was the upturned root of an oak tree.
A BBC news item on the ‘find’ is available on http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/388988.stm.
At the entrance to the gardens stands this splendid old tree. I’ve no idea what it is but its size is enormous: compare it in scale with the visitors close by.
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One of the joys of our recent summer holiday was a visit to the Beth Chatto Gardens near Colchester, Essex. The creation of the gardens began in 1960 in a ‘wasteland’ corner of the family’s fruit farm. It continues to develop today, with 93 year old Beth maintaining an active interest.
A key feature of the gardens is their informal design which makes full use of the undulating landscape and varying soil conditions. At the centre is an extensive water garden – a succession of pools fringed with a wide variety of. trees, shrubs and aquatic plants There are no straight line or hard paths. Neatly trimmed grass encourages a casual meander between the flower beds as the fancy takes. Despite the large number of visitors, they seem to vanish into the surrounding light woodland.
These gardens truly are a haven of peace and serenity.
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