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Back To The Woods [Oct. 12th, 2010|09:26 pm]
Tony Grist
Coming back into England from the Continent, I'm struck by just how many trees there are. In Flanders, where we've been staying this past week, they plant them as windbreaks- to shield roads and canals, and as living palisades around isolated farmsteads, but here we grow them everywhere, for their own sakes- because we like them. Our towns and suburbs are full of them- and wherever there's an acre or two we don't happen to be using at the moment we plant a wood. Kent is a densely populated county- or so they say- but unless you're walking down Maidstone High Street or through the docks at Chatham, you don't notice that. What you mostly notice is the trees.

[User Picture]From: chiller
2010-10-12 10:48 pm (UTC)
Yes, I love that about this country, too.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-10-13 06:54 am (UTC)
We stopped off for breakfast at a Little Chef on Detling Hill and right across the road was the entrance to White Horse Hill Country Park- Kent's newest wood- so new that the trees are still mostly scrub.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2010-10-13 08:36 am (UTC)
Welcome back! Nice to know that we are one up on the lowlands low, at least in the arboreal department.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-10-13 08:50 am (UTC)
It's good to be home.
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