Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Crawley Giant, Chinese Bridge and Over the Wall

Crawley Giant :- This majestic and very beautiful Coast Redwood stands resplendant in Crawley's Tilgate Park in West Sussex. According to the park's tree guide this specimen was planted in 1963 and "has achieved a growth rate that is thought to be unsurpassed!". Tilgate Park is the largest park in the Crawley area, it's a very popular place to relax and has its own lakes and a nature reserve. Records show that the 400 acre park dates from as far back as 1647 and it has received a Green Flag Award many times over as well as having 7 National Champion Trees (Champion trees are the tallest, fattest or oldest of their species in the U.K.) within its grounds.

Chinese Bridge :- I'd never heard of this park until someone tipped me off about it on Facebook. Painshill Park is near Cobham in Surrey, England and it's regarded as being "one of the finest remaining examples of an 18th-century English landscape park". The entire park is full of bridges and strange little follies (fanciful and impractical architecture) and was designed and created between 1738 and 1773 by the Hon. Charles Hamilton. Over the centuries the park became run down and deshevelled, its follies and bridges were crumbling and falling to bits. In 1981 a vast restoration of the park got underway and slowly but surely the landscape and all its buildings were restired back to their 18th-century heyday and the park now has a Grade I listing. This beautiful little "Chinese Bridge" was in a terrible state before it was brought back to life using old etchings, drawings and photographs as reference. In 1998 Painshill Park was awarded the Europa Nostra Medal for its "Exemplary restoration from a state of extreme neglect".

Over the Wall :- Another simple but effective shot that others probably wouldn't have even thought of taking. I was walking back home along the undercliff walk after an afternoon out in Brighton. I'd picked up my pace as the weather was on the turn and I was hoping that i'd be back indoors by the time the rain started to fall, the light was rapidly fading and there was an unavoidable dampness in the air. I stopped to take this shot as I liked the bands of blue, grey and brown and especially liked the cold light that was shining through the drainage pipe set into the sea wall.

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