Category Archives: Trees
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.
This broken down tree root in the New Forest evoked stories of events that occurred a thousand years ago. The Forest was created by King William I (William the Conqueror) when he ruthlessly drove the residents of 36 parishes from their homes in order to claim the land for his hunting activities. On William’s death, the Forest was inherited by his son, also a William (William Rufus) William Rufus was not popular and died in a shooting ‘accident’ in the forest, although there remains a strong suspicion that he was assassinated.
So, maybe William was here, even if this particular tree wasn’t!