After one of the wettest winters on record its good to see that parts of the Green Chain Walk are again in bloom. The cherry blossom in Eltham Park is, this year, truly magnificent. In Japan the blossom is a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life and is celebrated in the annual festival of Hanami. After three poor blossom seasons this splash of colour against a clear blue sky is a welcome vision.
From the park a walk into Oxleas Woods and there are more signs that spring has arrived. The woods are full of birdsong; the squeeking hinge sound of the blue tit and the squarking of the invading parakeets. The woodland flowers are awakening. The best display is the wood anemonies that have carpeted whole sections of these ancient woodlands.
“We must learn to walk slowly, so that we have time to see; we must learn to tread quietly, so that we do not cause alarm; above all we must think peace.”
Robert Gibbings – Sweet Thames run softly 1940