A Point of View, Walk 1 of 2 at Flete Estate 12-11-11
A POINT OF VIEW -- Walk 1 of 2 at Flete Estate
Saturday, 12 November
Report by walk leader and artist-in-residence Shelley Castle:

The premise of this walk was to engage a group of people with a variety of landscapes in which there are always clashes of interest, harmonious partnerships and where the aspect of human control is ever-present. The Flete estate is 5,000 acres of privately owned land tenanted by 9 different farmers, having several ancient woodlands, running a pheasant shoot each year and encompassing a very wide variety of natural habitats. These include 5% of the reed beds in the South West and a large area of newly created salt marsh.

The group was led past the large stately home, through ‘parkland’ which is a Victorian-planted water meadow with some very interesting specimen trees. Rich in lichen, an indicator species, it’s clear that the Flete Estate has done well to create a clean environment and has every reason to have gained its Site of Special Scientific Interest status. With the help of botanist and wild plant expert Andy Byfield, we talked about some of the species we encountered, stopping to look up close as well as enjoying the wider landscape which would fall into the category here of a ‘classic British landscape’.

This walk was part of Aune Head Arts 2011-12 Flittermice & Hoots project, funded by Awards for All.
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