NT8929 : Pasture west of Hethpoolbell Wood

taken 6 years ago, near to Hethpool, Northumberland, Great Britain

Pasture west of Hethpoolbell Wood
Pasture west of Hethpoolbell Wood
Hethpoolbell Wood is on the left. Newton Tors are behind.
Collingwood oaks :: NT8928
Admiral Lord Collingwood LinkExternal link was a friend of Nelson and fought with him at Trafalgar in 1805. His home was in the College Valley.

Collingwood advised country gentlemen never to walk through their fields without having a pocketful of acorns to drop in the hedge sides, for if they did not, he said, the time was not far distant when to keep our navy we should have to depend entirely upon captures from the enemy.

Oak trees were planted by his wife, Sarah, at Hethpool in 1815, according to his wishes, to provide timber for future warships. However, Collingwood died in 1810 en route home to England, and never saw the trees. He was buried in St Paulís Cathedral close to Nelson. The two centuries that some of these trees and their ancestors have grown saw timber vessels transformed to steel, and his legacy here is now one for wildlife and the landscape.

A BBC web page on Collingwood is here LinkExternal link
The Collingwood oaks also feature in G.K. Chesterton's poem 'The Song of the Oak' LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Friday, 28 September, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 29 September, 2012
Geographical Context
Uplands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Grassland  Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 8966 2900 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:33.2749N 2:9.9278W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 8965 2905
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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