Tuesday, 23 September 2008

A secret lane

When we went for the walk in the previous post we found a little single track lane between Wool and Coombe Keynes that we had never been been through before. It was one of those 'Narnia' experiences when you feel you have gone into a secret world. These old farm buildings were unused and derelict but I bet the owls and bats live there and other stuff too. I can imagine cows sheltering there in the past and lots of old farm implements kept in there with some Shire horses, steaming after a days work.
This is the famous avenue of trees near Kingston Lacey, in our local paper there have been reports of how the National Trust are having to fell some of the trees, I think about 21 for safety. This was taken before the felling and there are some quite large gaps now. They have planted new trees further back which will eventually replace the old avenue of 731 trees. It is sad and I think they may be a bit Health and Safety mad and paranoid about it. There has been alot of local debate about it recently. It really is not quite the same now.
P.S. Mr Goose has just been watching a recording of Sunday's 'Countryfile' on BBC1 and he said there was something on the programme about these trees, I haven't seen it yet but will watch it later on the PC.

8 comments:

Tricia said...

I drove along the avenue of trees only back in June this year; we'd had a refreshment break at Kingston Lacey.

It's sad to think some of the trees have gone; it's such a wonderful sight.

Sounds like a good walk though Goosey.

Eco Gites of Lenault said...

I used to work for the NT (many years ago) and even then they were paranoid about tree health and safety, especially if they wer near roads, pths or open parkland. It's sad because all too often they take the over-cautious appoach when some good tree surgery would save the trees for a bit/lot longer. But in their defence they do replant where they have felled.

Rosie x

Lace hearts said...

Thanks so much for leaving a comment. It's lovely to find a new place to visit. That is so sad about the trees, but at least they plant new ones. I think they are over-cautious, but near us a child was killed by a falling tree that hadn't been cared for, so I think to some extent it's understandable.

happyone said...

Too bad that some of the trees has to be but at least more were planted.
I'm sure it's wonderful to walk down that road.

Teresa said...

You always have such beautiful pictures. What a nice countryside walk you have had too. Not many places left like that around here with all the neighborhoods springing up everywhere.

Jennie said...

That's a view I remember so well from when we lived at Lytchett. I can remember the devastation after the Great Storm, which hit Kingston Lacey particularly hard, and took its toll of the avenue then. I know it's been replanted but of course, back by the hedgerow, and it will be generations before those trees have come into their own. A shame that the NT have to be so paranoid.

funkymonkey said...

Beautiful photographs. What a shame about the trees. I hope they wil be there for many years to come.

Border Reiver said...

Hi Snowgoosey, it's always sad to see mature trees felled, but in reality these beeches are well into old age, so sadly they will need to come down. In a non letigious world the trees would be windblown and lie there rotting and providing wildlife habitats. These days though they need removing. But the replanting avenue will be there in another 200 years for those bloggers to see.