Sunday, 27 February 2011

On Swifts Hill

"When I saw the photograph taken from Swifts Hill posted on 15 February, this poem, written last week, seemed destined to join it!" Sheila Maddock 2011

Wildlife haven, place for picnics, Swifts Hill
Guards the gateway to Slad. Here you can gaze
Miles to the silver ribbon of Severn,
Plunge through beech woods to the valley below,
From the hummocky top hear skylarks sing,
Watch kestrels hover, housemartins soar and
Swifts swoop as they circle their feeding ground.

Underfoot is a carpet of flowers,
Orchids and other rare species, food for
Once common butterflies, moths and bees,
All dependent on this ancient grassland,
Fed by minerals in its limestone bed.

Farms in the quiet valley below doze
Unsuspecting in their patchwork fields, while
In the hazy east, suburban Stroud snakes
Voraciously towards Wades Farm - and Slad.

The people we are up against....

Barratts claim that their development, on this site, will enhance
the wild life habitat is under investigation by the Advertising
Standards Authority.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Photo taken from Swifts Hill along the Slad Valley towards Wades Farm.

 The proposed development will be built in the AONB field that is half way up the line of the existing houses and will jut into the green belt area.  The new houses will be clearly seen from Swifts Hill