High Weald


The views expressed here are our own, although we do not envisage writing anything that will counter the aims and objectives of the High Weald Joint Advisory Committee.


These blogs have been written by members of the High Weald AONB Unit staff.  You can find out more about these staff by visiting the AONB team page.

Of all the trees that grow so fair,
Old England to adorn,
Greater are none beneath the Sun,
Than Oak, and Ash, and Thorn.
Sing Oak, and Ash, and Thorn, good sirs,
(All of a Midsummer morn!)
Surely we sing no little thing,
In Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!

Oh, do not tell the Priest our plight,
Or he would call it a sin;
But - we have been out in the woods all night,
A-conjuring Summer in!
And we bring you news by word of mouth-
Good news for cattle and corn-
Now is the Sun come up from the South,
With Oak, and Ash, and Thorn!

From A Tree Song by Rudyard Kipling

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Armed with my trusty OS Explorer Map (136 – ‘The Weald’) I arrive at Frant Railway Station in bright sunshine. I plan to do about 10 miles today. It’s early May, so there should be lots of woodland wildflowers. It’s going to be a great walk! 

Coppice woodland with bluebells, photographer Janina Holubecki

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