Whenever my husband and I get back to England, my dad always takes us out in the car and enjoys showing Eric the England that I grew up in.
On a visit a couple of years ago, we went to Windsor Great Park, near the town of Windsor, not far from where my parents live.
I could probably do several posts on the park (and probably will) because it was such a central part of my growing up. I used to hike there, ride horses there, go for picnics there, there are polo fields, a Deer Park, the Valley Gardens, Savill Gardens and Virginia Water. It's an absolute paradise for gardeners, which may have contributed to my love of gardening.
The Long Ride, Windsor Great Park
The park covers 2020 hectares with a mix of formal avenues, such as the famous "Long Walk" which stretches from The Copper Horse statue on Snow Hill all the way to Windsor Castle, seen in the distance in the photo above, as well as open grasslands, woodland and gardens.
With all those woods and parkland to take care of, there's sure to be plenty of brush and compost materials.
Don't believe me? Check out the piles in the photo below! Any gardener would be green with envy!
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.