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Wednesday, 22 August 2012
The North Downs Way


Climbing up to Marden Park and Great Church Woods, an area of outstanding natural beauty on the North Downs. This area was described as follows:

Made up of Marden Park and Great Church Wood, this is Surrey’s largest Woodland Trust property. It sits on relatively high ground on the narrow plateau and steep slopes of the North Downs, with the western tip of Marden Park separated from the rest of the wood by Chaldons Farm. A¬†particularly rich mixture of trees, including beech, whitebeam, yew, field maple, lime, hornbeam and ash populates this mostly native woodland, and the autumn months see an explosion of deep reds and yellows. Many ancient beech trees are scattered throughout the park, rising from dense carpets of fern, foxglove, clematis, bramble and bluebell. Roe deer, sheep and goats graze on the areas of recreated chalk grassland, throughout which are dotted bee orchids, greater butterfly orchids and abundant twayblade. Grasshoppers and butterflies (up to 25 species) keep the meadows vibrant and restless with fluttering colour.

~ The 10 best woods and forests for seasonal colour, The Observer, Sunday 10 April 2011.

I will never forget that I received a letter from my MP Sam Gyimah, justifying the proposed privatisation of publically owned woodlands, on the day that the government capitulated to pressure and withdrew the proposals. Clearly he had been left somewhat exposed by a sudden u-turn by the government.

Posted by bigblue on 22/08/2012 at 08:55 AM
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