The warm early spring rays of sunshine permitted us an afternoon of carefree moseying around the grounds of Windlesham Arboretum in Surrey yesterday. Perhaps a week or two early to appreciate the foilage explosion that is waiting to happen but you can practically hear the awakenings all around with the bare bones of the gardens just waiting to be transformed.
Created by conservationist Major William Spowers, the estate on which the arboretum sits houses a diverse mix of follies, bridges, lakes, monuments and even a private chapel.
Said to have been inspired by landscape architect Capability Brown's grand sweeping vistas at Chatsworth, the repeated references to Browns hand surpise you at almost every turn. It certainly lacks the size and grandeur Brown is famed for but uses clever trickery by weaving you through the estate to view the scattered follies from varying angles making the grounds seem larger than they are.
Hidden from the world on a rather awkward turning off the M3, with only the odd dog walker utilising the public right of way across the land. I will be returning to this peaceful corner of Surrey to watch the seasons unfold.