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Ancient Beauty

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

It’s difficult to do justice to the place where I’ve been working today.  Dinefwr Park in West Wales is a beautiful, historic designed landscape, laid out by the people who lived here in the 17th century.

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

A mixture of parkland and farmland, with hundreds of oak trees that are over 500 years old.  Today we were working out how to maintain these ancient trees for another two hundred years, and how to create the right conditions for their successors.  So we’ve been thinking very long range thoughts today indeed.

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

And if that wasn’t enough Dinefwr is home to a very rare breed of the White Park Cattle.  This beautiful breed can be traced back in history over a thousand years.

Ancient white park cattle Photo: Mike Alexander
Ancient white park cattle Photo: Mike Alexander

And if the trees and cattle are not ancient enough, then just under the soil here there are rocks containing thousands of trilobite fossils, aged a mere 400 million years.

Photo: Corrinne Manning
Photo: Corrinne Manning

It was a wonderful day immersed in such ancient beauty.