Sussex Downs

Rucked up and rumpled, more 'ups' than Downs. These soul-worn tops, these ammot-mound-mountains of ours. All foothold and sheep track and lee-of-the-wind. Chalk scarred, tapestried and serenaded, a rise in the land that lifts us to the top of the world. Only the windhover and the lark claim higher. Chanctonbury Hill East, Above Washington. South …

Gardens Month Friday Feature: The Gardening Tourist

Today's photos were taken in yet another fabulous West Sussex garden: that surrounding Parham House near Storrington. Nestled beneath the brooding downs, and surrounded by flint walls and parkland, Parham is a magical - almost isolated - world of wonder. You can read more of my impressions on previous blogs inspired by visits to this …

Downs: A Natural Heritage (World Poetry Day)

Thursday 21st March 2019 is 'World Poetry Day', so here are a few lines inspired by a love for my home county, its landscape, heritage and nature: the Sussex Downs. Downs: A Natural Heritage Bone chalk bruised beneath way-marked graze. The scent of you – woody and thyme filled, blossom haze.Flint nuggets, flat mat black …

New Nature & The Quest for Wild Sussex

I've been bursting to share this news with you all week!  I have been given the opportunity of writing a regular column in one of the best magazines (in my humble opinion) currently in publication! Best, because it is innovative, fresh, engaging, stunningly well produced, and all created free of charge by young naturalists (aged …