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Thorny Issue


To scrub out or not to scrub out, that is the question? Vital hawthorn scrub has recently been removed by the Trust from Pitstone Hill – Buckinghamshire birders bewildered. Ring Ouzel gulley on the crown of the hill used by … Continue reading

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TREEMENDOUS TARGET


Breaking news for volunteers……..   Following the recent political debate on tree planting the National Trust has now announced plans to plant 20 million trees over the next decade as part of efforts to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030. The … Continue reading

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Scarred for Life ?


The Beacon, that great hump of chalk overlooking the Vale of Aylesbury has raised its ugly head with the erosion of the sward on the approach to the summit caused by visitors. and lately by mountain bikers – it has … Continue reading

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TREEMENDOUS – A political planting 


A promise to plant trees can be a political turning point – mass planting of trees has always been political. Now some want to be liberal, planting sixty million trees a year, others more conservative at thirty million, while others … Continue reading

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High Point


In the middle of the last century some long suffering professionals trudged up hill and down dale to create a measurement of the land by “triangulation” , now superseded by GPS – the global positioning system. They were masters of … Continue reading

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The Haunted Hut


The origins of Halloween are in the Celtic pagan festival Samhain, when the boundary between the two worlds thinned – the here and now and the afterlife. That’s why it’s supposed to be a bit s-s-s-poooky. It marks the end … Continue reading

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Anger in the Coombe


With its surrounding wooded hillside it ought to be a tranquil rural idyll. But this bosky valley has become a battleground over the rights of pedestrians and cyclists – something which is commonplace in urban areas just moved to the … Continue reading

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Lie of the land


Some remarkable Victorians tramped over every foot of Britain to create precise pictures for posterity, though they used neither camera nor canvas. Even the unremarkable slopes of Meadleys Meadow came into focus on a certain day in 1876, when a … Continue reading

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Queues at the gate………


The gates at the Beacon car park are the most used on the Estate with serious soil erosion now taking hold on the hillside in the Coombe. With the help of the volunteers the Trust make regular improvements to the … Continue reading

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Last one standing


The dramatic destruction of the Amazon rainforest is a stark reminder of the importance of trees in our ecosystem – they give us life taking in carbon dioxide and giving out oxygen. Ashridge has some two thousand five hundred acres … Continue reading

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