The track once metalled, has fallen into disuse. Foxhill Farm,
Monday, 24 September 2018
An abandoned track
A couple of days ago, quite by chance, I stumbled upon a long-disused track towards the southern edge of Foxhill Farm. It had been metalled but was now overgrown, with weeds splitting open the surface. (I was inspired once home, to put on a c.d. of Janacek's delightful piano suite 'on an Overgrown Path.) The sides of the track were lined with bushes of hawthorn, elder, snowberry, gorse, viburnum, blackthorn, privet and spindle. Most had been planted, with the last two not naturally found on the mildly acid soils of the farm but more normally found on limy soils, whilst snowberry is not a British native, being a North American introduction. Swathes of the willowherb known as Great Willowherb or less prosaically, Codlins and Cream, Epilobium hirsutum, also bordered the track.