We were invited to visit Knightshayes accompanied by the former head gardener who had been involved in designing and planting the gardens for over forty years from the early sixties. He was talking about the trees he had planted from seed, about the garden and woods from before the garden and woods were there, about the way they had collected trees and plants, about why they had put them here . . . or there.
What had started as a good day out with friends came alive with the recognition that the trees around the garden had been growing steadily throughout our lives, that each of us have grown older in parallel, each learning as we go, each leaving a permanent trail behind us.
(Images by Bill Whateley)