Appreciating weedy greenness: brownfield style

Concrete building above greenery

The Hungate development site, with Stonebow House rising up like some kind of brutalist concrete ship from a sea of greenery. This kind of site may be weedy, mainly made up of the ubiquitous buddleia, but it has its own apparently limitless vigour. It needs no maintenance, no artificial feeding or watering, and is valuable to smaller creatures even if we don’t value it much.

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Strensall Common

Looking up - trees, blue sky
i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
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A tale of two cities? In greenery

Grass, couple of trees, bare soil

They’re just small details in the local landscape, aren’t they, bits of shrubbery, hedges. But that doesn’t mean they’re not important. They’re also perhaps symbolising a bigger thing, as small things often do.

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Acomb Green


It’s now the school holidays, the best ones of all, the long summer holidays. (Though as I recall they never seemed long enough and September and school came around again too quickly.)

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The path through the allotments

A few evenings back I headed over towards Scarcroft stray, remembering once wandering through the allotments there, and inspired to retrace my steps by memories emailed from the US.

Audrey wrote:

At Scarcroft Rd … across the road were the allotments where local people had little patches and … More …