A beautiful Spring day in Oxlip Wood
Sunday 21st April was the day designated for a Springtime saunter in Oxlip wood, in aid of Sudborough village church.
Village residents were invited to come along to experience the woodland environment first hand and gathered ready for the tour at 2.30 p.m
An Oxlip in Oxlip Wood
An example of the namesake for the wood provided a photo opportunity for those who’d come equipped with cameras. A beautiful false Oxlip in full flower (so called as it is in reality a hybrid)
Setting off along one of the narrow woodland tracks, made by the deer, the group picked their way among the bluebells.
Orchids in Oxlip Wood
Occasionally everyone would stop to look more closely at something of particular interest found by one of the group, such as an Orchid.
Bluebells in Oxlip Wood
However the main event and star of the show were the bluebells, which were beautiful to behold in most place and spectacular in their display in other areas.
One of the more quirky points of interest within the wood is a tree with a large platform, or what’s left of it, at about 30 feet up the tree trunk. There’s also the remains of a ladder that once provided access to the platform.
History in place in Oxlip Wood
We call the tree the ‘Home Guard tree’ because it was originally a look-out point during the second world war which makes you appreciate how much lower the trees all around must have been then!
You can almost hear Captain Mainwaring shouting “what do you mean you don’t like heights Pike, you stupid boy!”
The village party included people of all ages from babes in arms to those who were quite unsteady on their feet. However none of them was going to miss out on the wonders of the Spring saunter in Oxlip wood – no fear!
The opportunity to walk in unspoilt ancient woodland is not something that’s usually available to most people and the opportunity our woodland saunter provided seemed much appreciated.
All in all, a most enjoyable afternoon was had by us all. An event we hope to repeat next year. Let us know if you’d like to be invited.
Why not come along to our 2015 Bluebell walk? Visit the Events page to find out more.