Secret Hastings - the Garlic wood

The first year we came to Hastings, the Philosopher and I stumbled on an amazing sight - the hidden wild garlic wood in Alexandra Park at the top of Shornden Reservoir. We have visited every year since.  If you go across the top of the park - what we call the 'Blow-Up Lawn' (because it reminds us of the park shown in Blow-Up (the 1960s classic film starring David Hemmings - the park where he sees the murder) - a secret path leads to the garlic.  This year it was not as good as before - the weather I guess, but it was still impressive, and the smell of wild garlic is overpowering.  However, others had been before us - it is discouraging that people drop litter in bits of the park they think are unfrequented...  Anyway, at least all that garlic should keep the vampires away.

Talking of spooky things, I also like the huge old tree you pass on the way to the garlic.  It is like one of those scary trees that comes to life in a fairy story.  Here is the garlic and the tree.

Garlic in Shornden Wood

Spooky Tree

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