Last week we discovered Winkworth Arboretum, a National Trust site close to Godalming. It comprises an extensive wooded valley with a lake, once owned by Dr Wilfred Fox to use ‘as a canvas for planting trees to paint a picture’.
Dr Fox was Chairman of an organisation with the quaint title: ‘Roads Beautifying Association‘ and Winkworth, it seems, was at least in part an arboreal experiment by Dr Fox. The NT claim Winkworth contains over 1000 different plants. It is a place of colour throughout the seasons and when we visited last week Camellias and Rhododendrons were in flower. Bluebells were also in bloom although they had failed to provide the blue carpet that I had hoped to find. But in such environments my eyes often look up and a soaring tree always attracts my attention. Another rather hackneyed subject, but so what…still worth an image.