Friday, 16 January 2015

THE LANGUAGE OF TREES: FARM WOOD


Farm Wood, not far from us, is another place where “in order to know it properly, a landscape requires routine and repetition*.”  There is within Farm Wood a lovely grove of Beech.

Beech groves may have been used for food as much as their imposing presence. Their architecture have been said to inspire the building of Cathedrals; the high vaulting arches mimic the high arching branches of the Beech Grove.

I sat down under this minster of trees to make this drawing as the light fell all too early.


* Quoted from Mark Cocker from his book Claxton 
A selection of short pieces written about the landscape and wildlife of a Norfolk village.