Treasure of the World

Two weeks ago, my husband and I had the opportunity of an extended break in the historic and beautiful city of Bath. Whilst there not only did we explore the amazing Roman Baths, dine at the lavish Pump Rooms, we also set one day aside for nature.

In the midst of Autumn what better place to visit than the National Arboretum of Westonbirt.

With over 18,000 trees we were spoilt with autumnal displays and happily wandered for four hours along some of its 17 miles of pathways (one of these amongst the treetops!).

As is often the case, Westonbirt was the vision of one man; in this case a wealthy landowner, MP and gardening enthusiast Robert Halford who started the Arboretum in 1829. Since 1956 it has been managed by the Forestry Commission.

Today it boasts over 2,500 species from all across the globe, and ‘is internationally renowned not only for the diversity and importance of its collection but also its breath-taking beauty’.

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” John Muir

“The world’s forests are a shared stolen treasure that we must put back for our children’s future.” Desmond Tutu

“I never see a forest that does not bear a mark or a sign of history.” Anselm Kiefer

“In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.” Paulo Coehlo

“An autumn forest is such place that once entered you never look for the exit!” Mehmet Murat Ildan

“The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and scorching sun.” Napoleon Hill

136 thoughts on “Treasure of the World

  1. Khaya Ronkainen says:

    Wow, Annika! Your autumn is inspiring and captivating. I especially love that seventh pic; the tree with Tutu’s quote underneath. It’s just extraordinary, and looks defiant too with that trunk opening up as if to catch and protect the stolen treasures. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy the rest of the season…xx

    • Annika Perry says:

      Khaya, thank you so much for your wonderful comment and I love the poetic lilt to your thoughts … the giant cedar was spectacular and I’m taken with your idea it’s ready to catch the stolen treasures! It was definitely otherworldly. The autumn this year has been beautiful, soft and warm with glorious colour … having said that horrid heavy rain this morning! Well, it is November! Wishing you a lovely rest of Autumn and Happy Writing! xx

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you so much, Miriam! It was a wonderful uplifting day and one that stays in the heart.

      How are you doing? I read about your friend and husband in the U.K. papers yesterday… and thought of you and your post. Love & hugs ❤️

    • Annika Perry says:

      Absolutely… it was stunning and the sense of reverence and awe at nature’s display was palpable amongst most of the visitors! So happy you enjoyed these autumn images and quotes.

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