We start carving on 29/30th November as new trees are planted (as small bare-rooted ‘whips’ a few feet high) around the area where the red dot is shown on the 1979 map below; the landscape is still similar.
These are the sort of things which start lively, ambiguous narratives developing in the artist’s mind. The regression of maps back through time show interesting actions have taken place, but without explanation. What was the Plain and why did it disappear? Perhaps a deer lawn in the forest – we shall see in future posts. And what was the huge access track that links to The Plain built for? Imagine standing at that immense forest cross-roads shown on the 1912 map. What does it look like today?
It is ironic that the former Northwood fields that National Trust is to re-afforest is seemingly represented today largely by trees which have grown on the track which was cleared sometime before 1912. Role reversal has occurred, with the rest of the wood decimated for wartime then agricultural production.
Times change. Come and join in the Rise of Northwood activity on 29/30th November. Be part of the art at the start.
Slindon Past is an excellent developing resource set up by the partnership of the National Trust Slindon Estate, Worthing Archaeological Society and Slindon History Group. See what you can find there, and use your eyes when you come and visit!
Copyright: OS maps may be used when over 50 years old.