Matthew sent his man into the fields with a strimmer yesterday and had him cut down all the young saplings. Woodland, he explains, is worth less than meadowland. According to the National Trust, Britain has lost 97% of its meadowland since the war. Isn't that frightful! I took a folding chair into the field this afternoon and sat and read a book (and took a nap) head high in grasses and buttercups.