Disney Trees

I have just been to one of the most beautiful places in England, Kingley Vale. It is a National Nature Reserve near Chichester and it contains my most favourite tree of all time, the Yew Tree. My mother-in-law calls them Disney Trees and it is not hard to see why.tom'sphotos 056 Each one looks as though it has a face and the long, sweeping branches look as though they will scoop you up. They reminded me of the Ents in the ‘Lord of the Rings’. It is not just what they look like that I love, but the tales that surround them. They are poisonous. They also used to be planted in graveyards. This was because they had fibrous roots, which would grow through the skulls of the dead, and prevent them from finding their way back to the world of the living. I love the creepiness of the trees when they grow close together and blot out the light.tom'sphotos 075 Having climbed and played on the yews, we headed out into a beautiful valley. There were butterflies and bees everywhere. tom'sphotos 078 The stillness of the area was beautiful. Unfortunatley, as with all good things, they do come to an end and all too soon, we had to head home. We hadn’t managed to see the Bronze Age Burial Mounds, or the views of the sea. I have promised myself that I will go back and spend a day there exploring. To top it all, as we walked back to the car park, a Spitfire flew overhead.

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~ by envisioningutopia on September 2, 2013.

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