H.I.M on Kelston – by Jon Hamp

Here walked a lion the landscape knew,
Morning tears the mane,
Pearls of dew on wounded paw,
Diamond in the train.
 
Exiled, lion hearted,
darkened balcony stalls,
Images of homeland lost
step out through empty halls.
 
Hold to the gold and the southern path,
With red on every thorn ,
where treasure lies with the lion
and the dreams of the unicorn.
 
Green for those low hills lost from the deck,
gold for the endless sun,
Red for the blood that pulses us back,
To the throne ,
to the land and the gun.

  • Next poetry evening at nearby Fairfield House, 2 Kelston Road (former House of H.IM) is first Sunday of May, arranged by Tekla Selassie. All welcome.

“Ethiopia Kelston” image by Matt Prosser.

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Kelston Roundhill on BBC Radio 3

Wilts-based garden and music presenter Verity Sharp made some insightful comments about the Roundhill and landscape on Record Review Sat 8 April – to hear it check out the blog post over at Kelston Records.

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Kelston Roundhill sunrise 8 April 2017 by Tim Graham

Sunrise photo by Tim Graham. He says he’s always up early…beautiful today!

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Revised permissive path arrangement at Kelston Roundhill

We’ve revised the Kelston Roundhill permissive path agreement with B&NES. This is the contract which allows people to walk on private land from the Cotswold Way and Cullimore’s Lane up to Kelston Clump to admire the views without creating a right of way.

The routes are unchanged. The changes are first that dogs must now be kept on a lead, and second that it is now explicit that organisised events such as fun runs require prior written permission from the owner and notification to the farmers.

The Kelston Roundhill permissive path routes – the green lines – are unchanged.

The revisions have been done in response to two problems. The first is unsatisfactory dealings with commercial running events businesses who charge customers to run on private land and leave farmers to clear up the mess and repair the damage.

The second is the significant percentage of dog owners who behave irresponsibly. We’ve seen children knocked down by dogs and sheep worried. Many people don’t accept this as a serious issue but in living memory three dogs have been shot by farmers locally for worrying farm animals; one case was a generation ago and the people involved are still not on speaking terms.

Everyone is in favour of more fresh air and exercise, and both the owners and farming tenants willingly share the land for suitable recreation. But we require businesses wanting to use the land to behave in a businesslike way, and we’ve had to make this explicit. And the growing numbers of school children visiting take precedence over the industrial needs of professional dog walkers.

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Would this ash stem make a bench?

Our Doris casualty is a lovely pollarded ash maybe 60-80 years old. The stem isn’t huge but it might make a long bench for the smaller people who will be visiting in increasing numbers thanks to our new schools partnerships. Time to consult Ed of the woods.

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Barrow’s Style needs a new hedge

Barrow’s Style is a huge field. Formerly a quarry, then used for landfill it now has several plantations coming along well. But the border along the new track laid by our neighbour looks bare, and looks as though it needs a new hedge.

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Doris casualty in Quarter Acre

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Storm Doris took down the lovely, quirky but flawed ash tree in Quarter Acre field. We’ll see if there are any planks to be had, but it’s more likely firewood.

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