The warm weather in late March has seen Spring arrive in the Forest. Goshawk and Peregrine Falcon watchers joined the visitors and enjoyed the sunny weather at Symonds Yat Rock. The scene in the photo will soon look much different when the trees on the left burst into leaf.
Visitors may be interested to know that phone and 4G data coverage on the Rock is very good.
A group of 29 walkers chose the Churchill enclosure option for their guided walk. They enjoyed the unseasonal fine, warm weather and were rewarded by a great distant view of two Wild Boar in the Forest. Later they were able to see two Adders basking in the warm sunshine. After joining the bird watchers looking for Goshawk at New Fancy, it was an easy walk in the sunshine back to Parkend.
The 3 star Severn Bore as seen near Minsterworth church today. Water flowed upstream behind the tidal waves that comprise the Bore at a rate of knots filling the channel within the next hour. Warming tea and coffee were on sale at the St Peter’s church along with delicious home made biscuits.
Minsterworth churchyard is the final resting place of poet F W Harvey and the recently installed stained glass Harvey window in the church is well worth seeing. The window was commissioned by the F W Harvey Society using funds donated by the public.
More than 20 guests, several with their dogs, enjoyed a New Year’s Eve walk from the Speech House Hotel. The walk saw them visit Woorgreens and Speech House Lakes and the Cyril Hart Arboretum . The photo shows them on Spruce Ride near to Speech House Lake.
The arboretum recognises the contribution of Dr Cyril Hart to the Forest of Dean in the form of many published authoraive books and papers and his long service as one of H M Verderers. Dr Hart was present when H M The Queen planted a tree opposite the Speech House in April 1957. Interestingly, when the Duke and Duchess of Wessex planted new trees at the Speech House in 2014, they used the same spades that the Queen and Prince Phillip used exactly 57 years earlier. The spades are on display in the Speech House.