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A walk round the estate.

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By anget

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I live on a modern estate. I think many of us have a ‘view’ about new builds, but as I went for my walk today, around where I live, I was struck again by how fortunate we are to live in this place.
We are 3 or so miles away from a large Wiltshire town, but the estate was built on brown field area and has been left with many lovely large trees which have TPO’s on them and we look out on to the downland.
Come with me on my Autumn constitutional…

The entrance to the estate.

A walk round the periphery:

Round the corner and a view across the fields:

Food for the birds:

Wonderful colours:

Well-weathered, but happily not “tidied away”.

There is quite a bit of newer planting too:

And finally, a view across the Downs from the top of the entrance:

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It looks a lovely area to live in. My son and family also live in Wiltshire (Warminster)

13 Oct, 2020

 

Lovely, Ang,not a house to be seen...it doesn't seem far for you to escape to this 'greenland'...we have a similar situation here living between 2 rivers.
In the lockdown times these areas are so essential. We are so lucky aren't we.

13 Oct, 2020

 

Marj and M'land: yes, we are very lucky. The housing is tucked within this ring of trees and as you see, there is quite a number of large green areas within the buildings too. I think the builders were forced to leave the mature trees intact which makes it very pleasant to walk round. It was a godsend during the first lockdown.

13 Oct, 2020

 

Somebody at last has shown some sense in planning it`s so good to see a mixture of old and new trees, especially liked the old gnarled trunk.

13 Oct, 2020

 

Very nice place to walk, we are fighting here to save our meadows, one has just been saved so now they are encroaching on another, makes one so angry, nothing they are building is affordable to the ordinary working families, then they moan when youngsters move elsewhere...Luckily I live only 5mins walking distance to the countryside so also count myself as lucky....

13 Oct, 2020

 

It feels like a 'smash and grab' attack on green spaces and the countryside to me, now, for all the talk of caring for the environment. Money talks. At least we're a 'brown field' site. Lots of fields being gobbled up not so far away for houses. So sad to see.

13 Oct, 2020

 

It’s a lovely estate, with beautiful trees I love the old tree it kind of looks like two hands forged together, sadly one day those fields will be built on, where I live the amount of farmland that has been ripped up for housing is frightening.

13 Oct, 2020

 

Beautifully landscaped and it looks really lovely. You have some beautiful trees around you which look so natural and yet really well cared for at the same time.

13 Oct, 2020

 

Lovely area - really enjoyed the walk - thank you Ange!

14 Oct, 2020

 

I think I would like to live there, looks idyllic.

14 Oct, 2020

 

Thanks for your comments, all. It's easy to take for granted the good things that Nature provides. Lots of the residents here use the green spaces for running, walking dogs etc. but it's amazing how few of them disengage from their phones while they're doing it. I wonder sometimes how many look upwards. And very few do gardening as such, mostly gravel and ever increasing amounts of artificial grass... And box balls...

14 Oct, 2020

 

Thank you for sharing your stroll round your local area. I would love to see what the actual houses look like, complete with gravel & artificial balls. Would that be possible , or perhaps an intrusion of privacy? Glad you have such a nice rural area on your doorstep.

14 Oct, 2020

 

Feverfew, it's just a typical estate house-wise. There is also quite a lot of natural grass too in front gardens!! Plus a dreary repetition of shrubs like photinia (which I hate), privet hedges and golden choisya (which I also hate). All these, I suspect, plonked in by the builders. There are one or two exceptional front gardens which brim with love, care and colour, but mostly I think, gardening is a long way down most people's interests. Tidiness reigns!
(after this little rant, I'm asking myself why I still live here!!)

14 Oct, 2020

 

Anget, my next door neighbour has no less than 3 Choisya Sundance, in her back garden & 1 at the front. I don't mind the latter being there too much, but both get the chop on my side. I don't want them there but can hardly tell her to get rid! She has 3 green & gold Euonymus type shrubs as well. They look quite nice in the winter sun. She grew up in S Africa so I think she likes bright colours. I think Photinia is quite nice , though I agree with you that it is boring seeing the same shrubs everywhere, as you say, planted by the builders because they are cheap & good doers.

15 Oct, 2020

 

Yes, it's these ubiquitous plants I hate seeing, Fever. The endless repetition seems so lazy. I know not everyone is interested in plants but lots of these shrubs seem so inappropriate for countryside planting. There's no link from these suburban escapees to the beautiful and varied old trees outside. They are just jarring.

15 Oct, 2020

 

Sometimes of course ubiquitous shrubs are inherited. Our ‘new’ house has a Photinia hedge between the front garden and the road. I would never have chosen it (in our last house I put in a mixed hedge) but it serves the purpose of giving us privacy, so there it stays!

15 Oct, 2020

 

I take your point, Sheila. Your garden is lovely. It's just that there has to be other plants too in order to make a garden more personal. Anyway, lots of people love 'Sundance' and photinia. It's each to their own, I know. I read a book just recently that got me thinking. It was about
how, if we're not careful, every garden will look like every other garden regardless of where it's situated, country or town, and I think the variety and 'spirit of place' could be lost, which would be a tremendous shame.

15 Oct, 2020

 

That certainly would be a shame, Angela. I suppose that thought comes from the fact that the plants in the garden centres are much the same wherever you shop. Luckily keen gardeners (like us?!) are usually on the lookout for “something different “ 🙂.

15 Oct, 2020

 

There are some new build houses near where I live & they have all got Photinia hedges at the front!

16 Oct, 2020

 

You have lovely surroundings, it looks a very pleasant place to live :)

16 Oct, 2020

 

Fever: I rest my case!

16 Oct, 2020

 

Thank you, Hywel.

16 Oct, 2020

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