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 …

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 …

What’s so special about West Grinstead’s Parish church?

The Bald Explorer meets up with Richard Verrall, local farmer and bell ringer, to explore the fascinating parish church of West Grinstead in West Sussex. St George’s Church was first built circa 1100 AD and is the Anglican place of worship, and the Church of England parish church. It lies close to the river Adur …

Exploring the Warningcamp Auxiliary Hideout

The Secret Hole

The Auxiliary Units or GHQ Auxiliary Units were specially trained, highly secret units created by the United Kingdom government during the Second World War, with the aim using irregular warfare to help combat any invasion of the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany, which the Germans codenamed Operation Sea Lion. I am off with Brian Drury …