Exploring an Oak and Hazel Coppiced Woodland

Coppiced Woodland

Richard Verrall and I explore oak and hazel coppiced woodland near Dial Post in West Sussex. Richard managed the woodland in the traditional way, thinning trees and opening the underwood for new saplings and woodland plants to thrive. The Verralls are an old Sussex family, tracing their lineage back for generations. It is a pleasure …

Exploring Sompting Abbotts Prep School – Part Two

Sompting Abbotts School

Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School is a historic West Sussex independent school in Sompting, near Worthing and Steyning. It sits in parkland of 30 acres, which includes woodland, chalk grassland slopes and a pond. I am walking with headmaster, Stuart Douch, and Sarah Monaghan, journalist, around the interior of the magnificent Victoria Gothic building to understand …

Exploring Sompting Abbotts Prep School

Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School is a historic West Sussex independent school in Sompting, near Worthing and Steyning. It sits in parkland of 30 acres, which includes woodland, chalk grassland slopes and a pond. I am walking with headmaster, Stuart Douch, and Sarah Monaghan, journalist, around the exterior of the magnificent Victoria Gothic building to understand …

Identifying the trees of Mortimer Forest

Trees of Mortimer Forest

Julia Hartley and I are identifying the trees in Mortimer Forest close to the Shropshire/Herefordshire border in England, near the town of Ludlow. The forest covers a hilly terrain, including the marilyn of High Vinnalls which rises to 1,230 ft. Mortimer Forest was an ancient hunting forest. It is a remnant of the ancient Saxon …

Exploring Mortimer Forest in Herefordshire

Mortimer Forest

Julia Hartley and I are up on Mortimer Forest on the Shropshire/Herefordshire border in England, near the town of Ludlow. The forest covers a hilly terrain, including the marilyn of High Vinnalls which rises to 1,230 ft. Mortimer Forest was an ancient hunting forest. It is a remnant of the ancient Saxon hunting forests of …

A Look at West Dean College Walled Gardens – Part Two

Walled Garden Part Two

This is part two of my exploration of West Dean College Walled Gardens with my friend Richard Suggett from the Veg Grower podcast. But we have slipped away from the chili celebrations to explore the walled gardens that are also open to the public. Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, West Dean Gardens …