From one end of the Chilterns to the other. (Part one)

Bedfordshire Rangers

Myself and Rose were invited by the Chilterns Common’s Project to Ashampstead and BuckleburyCommons both situated in the beautiful county of Berkshire, north of the M4 motorway.

Our host, Dick Greenway has lived in his lovely cottage on the edge of Ashampstead for 42 years. I can understand why. The cottage is believed to be from the 15th century and set in stunning countryside, and completely off the beaten track. I would certainly move in there tomorrow, well if Dick wanted to sell and I’d won the lottery!

Ashampstead and burnt hill common are about 80 hectares in size.  The soils range from infertile acid Berkamstead Series to calcareous Icknield Series. There is also a surface of chalk throughout. In the mid 13th century it is believed the Commons were pasture woodland which were enclosed by the lord of the manor to form a deer park.

After a much needed cup of tea we…

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