The WW2 Targets of the New Forest – Part One

During the Second World War, a section of the New Forest in Hampshire was annexed, closed off from the public and used by the RAF as a bombing range. Many bombs, including Barnes Wallis’ ‘Bouncing Bombs’ were tested for accuracy there. Dave Ford is my guide and together we explore the remaining artifacts of those …

The Battle of Sedgemoor Walk (from the church)

Battle of Sedgemoor Walk

In this video I explore the walk from St Mary’s the Virgin in Westonzoyland to the site of the Battle of Sedgemoor and the memorial stone laid there. The battle took place in July 1685 between James Scott, the Duke of Monmouth, and the Royal army of James 2nd. I’m interested in the scenery today …

Exploring the Battle of Sedgemoor Exhibition

Battle of Sedgemoor 1685

The Battle of Sedgemoor was played out on the Somerset Levels in 1685 and it often referred to as the last pitched battle on English soil. James Scott, the Duke of Monmouth, and his rebel supporters made a surprise attack on the Kings Army while Royalists were camped at Westonzoyland in Somerset. But things went …

Exploring an Oak and Hazel Coppiced Woodland – Part Two

Coppiced Woodland part 2

This is the second part of my walk with Richard Verrall. We are continuing to 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 …

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 …