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Michael's Peace

Known as Michael's Peace, this 90 acre woodland was planted in the winter of 2001-2002 and is supported by the Forestry Commission.

'Stone Church ride' by Gillian Siggers

There are pockets of different species of tree - Oak at the top of the hill, ash, poplar, alder, hazel, birch, field maple, hornbeam, and shrubs. A memorial stone to Michael Roads, who planned the woodland, is at the centre, and from here six main rides radiate out giving views of local churches - Dinton, Stone, Aylesbury, Ellesborough, Princes Risborough and Long Crendon. People from the hamlet of Ford have enjoyed the views of the Chilterns from this high point for many years as Michael was always happy for people to walk on his land.

The woodland has made the place even more popular as there is even more wildlife here now. Skylarks sing overhead, the wood has voles and little owls, butterflies flit along the rides, pheasants wander the woods.

'Enclosed in Michael's Peace' by Gillian Siggers

Local artist, Gillian Siggers, who created these paintings which were entered in the 2008 Special Woods Art Competition said:

"I love trees because of their beauty, their size, their colour and shape, their longevity, their ability to protect us. When I need inspiration Michael's Peace is the place to be. I have watched this woodland grow from small whips to 20' trees over the past six years. It is never the same, recording the seasons, reflecting the weather, the light and the mood of each day. One minute the woodland encloses you amongst densely planted trees and shrubs, the next it throws open a magnificent view - shade and light by turns."

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