Spring Memory Walk 27th April 2014

Mark's Hill Nature Reserve

By Nina Humphrey(née Burton)

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Nina Humphrey

This might well have been re-titled ‘Bluebell Walk’ as thousands of these delicate woodland plants were in full bloom.  Spring being early this year, the bluebells provided a magnificent sight as a group of 21 people set off from Delmores car park into the nature reserve.
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Helen Painter

Thankfully we were spared the rain showers forecast earlier and in fact the sun came out and shone beautifully through the trees.  We sauntered along, maps in hand, with Colin pointing out various areas of interest.  Peck’s Pond, the site of the former large house ‘Nore View’, a huge pollarded Hornbeam tree marking the boundary between Lee Chapel and Laindon, a large strongly constructed well, known as a ‘cistern’ and various subtle signs of the former plotland community.

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Nina Humphrey

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Spring Memory Walk 27th April 2014' page

Nina Humphrey

The group were in good spirits, chatting and laughing and one or two of them who were familiar with the area were able to point out where various bungalows had once stood.  We continued to the small pond in the far corner of the orchid meadow which marks the site where the German Dornier Do 17 Bomber came down on 15th September 1940 in a garden in Gladstone Road.  We stood quietly while Ken told a little of the history.

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Nina Humphrey

Photo:Propeller from the crashed Dornier bomber displayed at Billericay Library - date unknown.

Propeller from the crashed Dornier bomber displayed at Billericay Library - date unknown.

Ken Porter

As always, a couple of hours simply fly past when you are enjoying yourselves and all too soon we were walking back through the bluebell lined path to the car park.  Here, the group lingered a while, after an enjoyable afternoon, still chatting away happily.  We waved each other ‘goodbye’ adding ‘hope to see you again next time’.

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Nina Humphrey

We arrived home at 4:30 and before long, the weather changed and the rain came down.  Were we jammy or what!

This page was added by Nina Humphrey(née Burton) on 28/04/2014.
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Hornbeam (Carpinus Betulus) is a relatively small hardwood tree.  Pollarding is a pruning system in which the upper branches of a tree are removed, promoting a dense head of foliage and branches.

By Anne Burton
On 04/05/2014

Looks like you all had a great day for it. Love those bluebells they take me back over 60 years to the days we walked through the Crown [Hall?] woods at the back of St Marys church. 

Enlighten me please, what is a 'pollarded Hornbeam tree"?,

I've never heard of it??. Thanks for the photos of the walk, keep them coming, all the best to you all, Ken Page, Australia.

By Ken Page
On 04/05/2014

Lovely walk, thank you very much!

By Lisa Horner
On 03/05/2014

Looks like a lovely walk, I love bluebells, in fact I have made the first photo my background picture and have printed it out and now have it in a photo frame.

By Anne Burton
On 29/04/2014
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