Autumn colours at Wychwood Wild Garden

10th December 2014


A couple of weeks ago I paid a visit to the lovely Cotswold village of Shipton-under-Wychwood, a place that takes part of its name, along with a couple of other nearby villages, from the ancient forest of Wychwood.

In past centuries this forest sprawled across a large area of rural Oxfordshire, at its height in the 12th century, the forest covered some 50,000 acres. It is of course now a shadow of its former self, and since it was enclosed in 1887, 870 hectares is all that remains of the woodland that was once home to forest fairs so riotous they were eventually banned.

I was in Shipton though, not to visit the forest, as it doesn’t exist around that area anymore, but to spend some time in the Wychwood Wild Garden, while there was still some autumn colour about.

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