With the wonderful Batsford just a few miles away it would be folly of me to refer to the tree collection at Compton Verney as anything like an arboretum. However, as it’s National Tree Week, and especially if you’re interested in trees and country walks, then it might be wise not to overlook the trees of Compton Verney.
© Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2015
Last week saw a another pruning and sorting session in the Ice House Coppice at Compton Verney and with damp ground all around, we opted to burn in-situ rather than cart all the cuttings through the site – which would have caused much grass disturbance.
Naturally the weather played its part and made proceeds ‘interesting’ shall we say, but a good days pruning and burning was had by all. Ahead of us now lies a large scale planting project to continue planting throughout the coppice. The eventual aim is to have tightly manicured shrubberies, with views through, over and around to one focal point or another.
Volunteer Dick Cluley keeping the heat going, staying quite rightly on the less smelly side of the bonfire! ©Compton Verney / Anne Harwood 2015
Welcome to this ‘August’ article, the eighth in a series of posts which aim to review, through photographs, twelve months of activity in and around the diverse landscape of Compton Verney. It’s a historic landscape that has seen much change, from the shaping of the areas as new plants establish to the visual delight gained from one of a number of artistic interactions.
There are huge changes in the atmosphere from the busiest of open days to quiet days when just bird song can be heard. Either way, visually the landscape changes minute by minute and it’s wonderful to be there to experience it – and on occasion capture an image or two!
Links to other months will be added at the bottom of the page, but for now, I hope you enjoy ‘August – The landscape at Compton Verney’ :
Don’t ask me his name, but some may remember this #CVGiraffe, one of a number who moved into the Ice House Coppice for the summer weeks. I can confirm that they’re doing well, and are enjoying the winter indoors at Compton Verney! © Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014
© Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014
I’ve been looking forward to finishing the year with a flourish, and with festive spirit abounding at the moment, it wasn’t long before my idea was set – with a plan to add a splash of colour to a pre-Christmas article! I hope you like them – a few frozen decorations snapped in the aptly named ‘Ice’ House Coppice.
In a wooded Warwickshire valley, sitting in silence and a little way back from an old carriage drive, is an oddly shaped yet picturesque building. Obviously from another age, it sits snugly amongst Yew trees with its fully restored lime mortared brickwork and thatched bonnet – the building is an 18th Century Ice House no-less!
Compton Verney Ice House (C) Compton Verney / Gary Webb