Monday, 12 January 2015


“In order to know it properly, a landscape requires routine and repetition.” Mark Cocker* says in his book Claxton, a selection of short pieces written about the landscape and wildlife of this Norfolk village.

Our ‘routine and repetition’ is the almost daily visits to Wooburn Park a stretch of land and playing fields which a haven for dog walkers.

Alongside the bottom of the park runs the River Wye, which travels through the village to join the River Thames at Bourne End. 

The word ‘Wooburn’ is derived from the Old English for "walled stream”. This canine swimming pool also contains or rather conceals a number brown trout one of whom I hope to catch this coming year. Every hopeful! 

*Mark Cocker; Claxton: Field Notes from a Small Planet

Jonathan Cape, hardcover, 256 pages