Walking through the Beech woods just outside Cambridge, I realised that I hadn’t been there for many years, possibly 50!
As a youngster I would ride there with Miss Picard’s Riding School, up and down the slopes; lean forward on your way up and backwards on your way down, helps the horse. As a younger child I spent almost every day in the woods when I wasn’t at school, a tribe of children. I have stories about woods.
Now listening; sounds of the rustling and creaking, the gentle swaying barely visible, the smell of moss and earth and rotting leaves, feeling the calmness wash over me; the stress and worries run out, strength and love seep in, my body and mind fill with freshness a feeling of sadness, loss, it is just bearable. This is my ecosystem, here is where I belong, this is what I am part of.
By Cathy Dunbar, Artist and activist
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