For almost 500 years people have taken ownership of the  parklands and gardens of Forty Hall by marking it with pathways. They criss cross the gardens, some official gravelled or paved paths, some made by walkers tracing their own routes through the park, taking shortcuts through shrubberies and round the trees.  Repeated tread pushed through vegetation, paths that follow the line of the brook at the far boundary of the estate, paths that wind through the woods and out into the open parkland, paths that delve deep into brambled corners of the estate, mown paths through the long grass, paths that circuit the walled garden,  providing opportunities to delight in the lush planting. By tracing all these different routes I have been experiencing Forty Hall gardens in all its aspects.

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