Once again I invite you to stroll with me along the woodland road and into the woods near here on the walk I took two days ago into Great Pen Wood. I am so grateful to have easy access to such beauty - everyone should be able to touch and be touched by it - so you can imagine why I am especially horrified at this latest threat to some of the woodlands of the UK.
The possibility of the sale of Forestry Commission land into private hands probably heralds the possible loss of public access to much of it, with consequential deprivation of contact with nature which I believe we all need for the nourishment of the Spirit. Humans indeed cannot live by bread alone. In these economically difficult and stressful times, it seems that there is a death-wish intention by some political bodies to remove access to stress reduction and healing through this free source of immersion in the natural world, rather than increase it. One more short and narrow sighted political move with grasping financial considerations the only ones in sight. Then, as stress increases, the overburdened NHS will be called upon to hand out the antidepressants - I would prescribe a walk in the woods! I am angry and protest vehemently at this short sightedness.
But for now, I immerse myself again in nature through these images and once again find peace, as I hope you are also able to do.