Scratched and bloodied in re-opening the path to Folly Bog

I say that I was bloodied in re-opening the path to Folly Bog. I massively overstate the amount of blood, it was a couple of small pricks from the gorse that drew blood.

A couple of days ago, here, I said secateurs were needed to regain access to Folly Bog. Yesterday I took secateurs and a pair of thick gloves to the task to re-opening the path. The gloves are worn out in a couple of fingers, hence pricks from the gorse drawing blood.

I’ll report of what I found down in Folly Bog in a later article. Meanwhile, here are the photos on before and after. Re-opening the path isn’t the answer to the meaning of life, I’m just happy to be able to visit the bog again.

Windlesham Field of Remembrance celebrates its Green Flag Award

Not to be outdone by the Green Flag Award to Frimley Lodge Park, the Windlesham Field of Remembrance has also received a Green Flag Award. This, from their website,

Chair of Trustees, of the Windlesham Field of Remembrance, Suzanne Sharman said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the second year running.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining Windlesham FoR to such a high standard.“The award means a great deal to the Windlesham Community who continue to be responsible for the funding, management and maintenance of The Field.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.

“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”

Secateurs needed to regain access to Folly Bog

Getting down to Folly Bog from the track alongside Red Road is not everyone’s idea of fun. It is mine.

So, I’m frustrated that the spiky gorse, bracken and other vegetation seem to have closed off the path down to Folly Bog. I say path, it’s never been quite that, but a narrow gap between the plants

I like seeing the Early Marsh Orchid, Sundews, and bog plants up close.

Discover the Thames Basin Heaths circular walks

When at the Bisley Strawberry Fayre this year we stopped by the Thames Basin Heats Partnership stand, and picked up some leaflets. Below is the inside of one of the leaflets.

The other, more extensive leaflet, was in fact a 24-page booklet. In which were described 44 circular walks in the Thames basin heaths across Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire. You can discover details about each site at the Thames Basin Heath Partnership website. They’ve also a Facebook page HERE.

The sites in Surrey Heath and nearby are:

Butterfly watching in a group led by experts

We could have spent Sunday afternoon TV viewing, watching the Wimbledon men’s tennis final, the British F1 Grand Prix, or stage 15 of the Tour de France, instead we went butterfly watching in Horsell Common.

The butterfly watching event, organised by the Friends of Gordon’s School, was led by two lepidopterists, Lee Slatter and Geoff Eaton from the Surrey Branch of the Butterfly Conservation Society. 

Though not far from us in Surrey Heath, we’ve never previously been to Horsell Common. It’s not as open as the heathland in Surrey Heath, being more wooded, and with narrower paths. Here are photos of butterflies we saw.

An island planter resplendent with summer flowers

I’m suffused with civic pride when walking past the island planter on Briar Avenue in Lightwater. Why, without the care and attention of Annie Mathewson-Rowe and her supporters it would be a weedy mess.

Driving around the island it’s difficult to admire Annie’s handiwork. When I walk by, either on my way to the post box, or more normally on my way to get to the heathland opposite Red Road, I stop to admire its flower arrangement. Here’s a photo of the planter taken a couple of days ago. I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s bright and cheery.