Palisade

Palisade

Natural erosion of the chalky soil frequently reveals the roots of trees on the Hampshire hangers, but this beech is an extreme case. Immense, intriguingly intertwined, the muscular, naked root structure forms an intricate lattice roof over an intimate hollowed-out cavern. Somebody has fetched branches…
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Backwater

Backwater

The River Test flows quietly by itself through much of rural North Hampshire. Relatively few public footpaths coincide with it for any distance, which is probably no surprise when you consider how valuable the river’s banks are in terms of fishing rights. Towns and villages,…
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Idyll (with tyre swing)

Idyll (with tyre swing)

The River Test has its notional source in the downs a mile from the village of Overton in north Hampshire. Last September, I used the public footpaths to follow the river between its source and Overton, where it once powered several mills. The source itself…
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