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|