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Posted on February 6, 2017 by Sioux under General
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During the assignment, I negotiated a three hour break with the client’s family, which gave me the opportunity to extend my walking distance to almost 6kms, during which I walked through the Hawkwood National Trust area, winding my way down country lanes and through farm fields, finishing up at the Jubilee Country Park & Nature Reserve where I had previously taken many walks. With only the birds and the sound of a gentle breeze in the trees as company, I found the walk quite therapeutic. 

William Pett, part of the so-called Pett Dynasty, was a master shipbuilder whose family were leading shipwrights for 200 years. He supplied oaks from Petts Wood to his shipyards on the River Thames.


Between the wars, developer Basil Scruby wanted to create a garden suburb, which would give a semi-rural environment to London commuters. 


When Petts Wood came on to the market there was strong local feeling that it should not be developed.  With donations from local residents, the 88 acres of woodland was purchased to save it from development.


Another 47 acres of woodland on the western edge, which the locals couldn’t afford to buy was purchased by Colonel Francis Edlmann and added to his neighbouring estate, Hawkwood.


The whole of the woodland was safe from development.

Walking home near the railway line, I don’t know who was more surprised – me or the mangy looking fox I scared off from scratching about in the rubbish bins, when I turned a corner. I literally had

time to grab my camera, point and shoot before the critter was gone. I didn’t even get time to focus!

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I got back in time to see the soft evening light settling over the garden in front of my room before darkness settled in. A wonderful way to spend an afternoon! 

I never did get to find out where or what Durtnell is or was, but its a nice looking sign board anyway!

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A blue jay came to visit


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