30 August 2010
There are few things I like more than wondering around Ham Common Woods, the ragged mess of an English wood that lies comfortably between Church Road and Ham Gate Avenue, but all is not well there and this poor young oak is looking very distressed and unwell.
28 August 2010
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27 August 2010
24 August 2010
I first complained about the messy hedge at Ormeley Lodge back in June 2008 and then again in April 2009 so I am delighted to see that it has now been trimmed neatly back to be the same height as the formal hedge inside the railings.
The Lodge is no longer embarrassed by the way that it is presented and looks noticeably prouder, grander and happier.
23 August 2010
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12 August 2010
My definition of Ham (and it's my blog so we are using my definition!) stretches east to include Latchmere Close and part of Latchmere Lane.
The southern border on Latchmere Lane is not that obvious and can only be judged by the gradual change from open spaces with trees (Ham) to more regimented housing (North Kingston) but the border on Latchmere Close is clearly marked by this wall and arch.
There used to be a gate here too, and it was even locked at times, but organisations like The Ramblers are fighting to keep our rights of way open. They have my full support.
8 August 2010
Ham House is blessed with several large gates in the tall brick walls that surround and hide the rear garden. It is tempting to just look through the gates at the garden and to pay scant attention to the gates themselves but that would be a mistake as they have a grandeur and a beauty of their own.