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Spring at East Grinstead
Spring - glorious Spring! A balmy late April day cycling along the Worth Way overpowers all the senses - not only visual and aural, but also the sense of smell. Blackbirds, wrens, dunnocks and chiffchaffs are in full song. The robin's challenging territorial song is everywhere to be heard. Blossom abounds on blackthorn, hawthorn and the wild Juneberry. Clumps of primroses display in dappled sunlight along the banks, whilst further amongst the trees English bluebells desport their delicate bells in massed clouds of blue. Wood anemones open their delicate blooms in drifts at the base of ancient oaks whilst wild arum spathes rise above the grassy hummocks clad in the palest of greens. All too soon cow parsley and bracken will obscure these low growing subjects, but not before dog violets, herb Robert and early purple orchids have put on a display. Perhaps one of the most wronged wild flowers is the dandelion. In fact it is a very successful plant, surviving under all possible conditions, and at the moment it is to be found everywhere. (Fine - just as long as it keeps away from my garden!!)
A ride, walk or jog along the Worth Way is an absolute joy for the senses at this time of year!