Staunton Harold – September 2019 Bulletin

Sunshine and rain;  this has been an exceptional year for tree growth.   Some of the young oaks behind the Deersheds on the Staunton Ridgeway are more than eight feet high.   They were planted as two foot whips in December 2016, with help from all of our sixteen...

Staunton Harold – July 2019 Bulletin

There are compensations for having to give up driving.   As a passenger at this time of year i scan the hedgerows looking for the telltale signs of dead twigs on the ash trees.   There are some round here, but the majority are still healthy. There are ash trees in...

Staunton Harold – June 2019 Bulletin

BREXIT! – don’t you just love it.   A term that didn’t exist three years ago and a party two months old has split our country down the middle.   It’s the English Civil War without the bloodshed.   These day strangers will strike up a conversation about politics,...

Staunton Harold – May 2019 Bulletin

My mind is changed;   from being ambivalent as to the case for the HS2 railway I have come to believe that it should be abandoned.   Not that my opinion carries any weight, though it is due to pass through more than a mile of our land. It is hard for a layman to have...

Staunton Harold – April 2019 Bulletin

A man of eighty, planting! To sow at such an age might be no harm, Argued three youngsters from a neighbouring farm, But to plant trees!  Th’old man was plainly wanting. ‘For what, in Heavens name,’ said one of them ‘Can possibly reward your pains, Unless you live to...

Staunton Harold – February 2019 Bulletin

The pine tree by the churchyard wall has leaned as long as I can remember.  Opening the shutters after a stormy night we always checked to see that it was still there.  Its nearest neighbour was a Wellingtonia, planted as a memorial tree when the hall was a hospice...