Kingley Vale is the nature trail betweenWest Stoke and Goosehill Camp under protection of the Nature Conservancy Council. Some of the highlights here are the ancient
Yew Trees, some of which are more than 500 years old, old Oak, Juniper, and the Bee Orchid.
Yew has an important history in British life providing for skewers, mill cogs, axles, drinking vessels, floor blocks, furniture, and posts that were to last over fifty years in the ground.
More importantly than that were its use strategic value for the grand weapon, the long bow. It is said that the Kingley Vale Grove was planted to commemorate a battle fought and won by the men of Chichester against marauding Vikings in AD 859.
Commemorating the last war is a stand of dead yew trees across the gully. These were killed by riffle fire damaging the, very thin, bark.
This was to be the beginning of and adventure into any kind of mixed media and collage.
Probably not very surprising this was also the beginning of composing in series in a formal way.
with texts by Sir Walter Scott, and Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - better known as Lewis Carroll.