As the song goes “summertime and the livin’ is easy”. Our Commons are teeming with wildlife and their botanical treasures are on full display.


This is our reward for toiling in the winter mud to keep the more aggressive plants at bay. After taking in the heady mix of colour, scent and sound in the brightness of a summer’s day, what balm to then retreat to the cool enclosure of the timeless Fox’s Beck. With us since the end of the last Ice Age, “Old Man River” seems particularly apt on such a day.