Mar 27 2020

A meditative glade encounter

Barbara Crane is a volunteer speaker from Aberdeenshire.  Barbara has been with us for a few years and is a committed and wonderful volunteer.  Always determined to deliver the optimum speech to her audience, she is often in touch to find relevant information for her allotted talks.


Barbara has just sent us this lovely piece about her allotted one-walk-a-day today:


We are lucky enough to be able to do a countryside walk straight from our house, even though we live in a town of 11,000. Deer and Skylarks this morning, as well as some wonderful mature beech trees.



One positive chance discovery is that there is an area of 5,000 recently planted native trees on the outskirts of Westhill, planted by a local Buddhist Meditation Centre. All the seeds were collected locally and grown on by one of their members, but the chap we were speaking to said collars and supports were provided by the Woodland Trust!  Photo attached – it, or a sunnier version, will be going into my speaker presentation – in due course.


Once the trees are well established the Centre will open up the area to anyone who wants to visit.


Best Wishes




Since sending this email, Barbara sent me two more photos of the same walk, a few days ago, on a sunnier day. She said “The hill in the distance is Bennachie. The beech tree is a beautiful shape (we have a lot in Aberdeenshire, often lining what used to be a driveway to a country house) and I thought I would try and take a photo of it each season”.


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