As this is being written we are about to begin a four week lockdown which means the work party due to meet on 7th November has had to be cancelled. Not a happy time for anyone – but it is to be hoped it will be effective. If the lockdown period is not extended the work party planned for 5th December at the Riverside Walk from Love Lane to Dean Way will go ahead at 10.00am. Confirmation of this and details will be found on our website (see below). Fortunately those of us able to get out and about will still be able to take exercise in this lovely area.
It is the aim of the Society to conserve our beautiful surroundings for the benefit of all, including wildlife. Much of what we may think of as natural in the countryside has been shaped by mankind over centuries. Some of the shaping has been done with thoughtfulness for the future, as by the landscape designer Capability Brown in the 18th century. Our nearest example of this is at Petworth House. Fans of Downton Abbey will have seen another, as Highclere Castle is the setting for the series. It is truly remarkable to know that Capability Brown was aware he would never see the full results of his genius. The trees he planted have taken generations to mature. He left a wonderful legacy for us to enjoy. His work shows vision and faith in the future. It is up to us to honour his legacy by caring for it. We can also look forward as he did. Why not plant an acorn to show our concern for generations to come? A sapling oak tree is a sign of our confidence for the years ahead. And is good for the environment.
For information about our activities, or on becoming a member, please get in touch with Chairman Mick Denness on 01903 745971, or see our website: www.storringtonconservation.org.uk/.