The blackthorn buds are ready to burst. Visit next week — at the end of March, or into early April — and you can expect to see these bushes white with bloom.
Across the Fromus stream, blackthorn is marching into the pasture. A decision is needed — as Guardians, should we protect every inch of the Mediaeval meadows, or could we allow a blackthorn thicket to develop, losing our stewardship grassland acreage, but perhaps permitting the spread of nightingale habitat? How best can we balance conservation objectives?
Please let me know what you think. Best wishes, Gathorne