Hambledon Hill has been in the news , particularly yesterday, 7th August 2014 as the National Trust officially announced that they have bought Hambledon hill for £450,000. It has been on national and local television and the national and local newspapers.
The local Bournemouth Echo also published an article on their website, namely:
Hambledon Hill: 12 pictures that show why it’s so special at www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/ and seven of my pictures were chosen from my flickr pages. I was asked to write a few words for the Echo as they suggested I was obviously attached to the hill by the number of pictures I had taken! I was asked to write why the hill is special to me.
The words I wrote are below:
“I am Dorset born and bred and I have lived in the village of Child Okeford for well over 14 years. The hill dominates our landscape, when I wake up in the morning I see the hill in all its moods before I even get out of bed.
“It’s a special place for me for many reasons: its history, the people who have lived on and around the hill for 1000’s of years; they have walked where I walk now.
“The tough climb to the top is well worth it for the breath taking views and the feeling of peace and tranquillity as you look across the Blackmore vale (Thomas Hardy’s Vale of Little Dairies), which seems to change little.
“Whichever way you turn there are more views, views towards the hillside town of Shaftesbury, Win Green and Spread Eagle Hills and on a good day Bournemouth, Poole and the Purbecks.
“The chalk land of the hill provides habitat for many rare flowers like orchids and butterflies; you can often see Buzzards and Hawks using the thermals to soar high in the air. Even the grazing of the cows in the summer and the sheep in winter adds to the landscape.
“Every day is different – even walking morning and evening in the valley with my dogs the hill always surprises and delights and there is always chance for another photograph. Returning from a journey when I see ‘The hill’ I know I am nearly home.”
Hopefully this will mean that Hambledon Hill is managed and looked after for generations to come.
Dorset Arts and Crafts Exhibition
It has been quite a week for me as I also did quite well at the Dorset Arts and Crafts Association annual exhibition. I entered five of my images and two were awarded a silver special award of merit and one had a commended so I was pleased with that.