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Third's Wood

Third's Wood is a ribbon of mixed woodland, about 50 metres wide, which runs alongside the A40 in Studley Green. It's special to local artist Sue Fawthrop because it's a small haven, very close to her home.

The wood is crisscrossed by paths, used by local children to get to school and people walking dogs, so there's usually someone about. As Sue wanders in the wood she loves the fact that the noise of the traffic on the A40 and M40 soon gives way to birdsong.

She said:

"There's a small pond, known locally as The Captain's pond, stately beech trees and an understorey of holly and other bushes. When I moved here, in 1992, there were massed bluebells in spring but heavy machinery was used to fell some of the trees churning up the soil and destroying the bulbs. They gave way to foxgloves which seeded themselves into the woodland floor, providing a new carpet of colour in summer."

'Rooks at Third's Wood' by Sue Fawthrop

Third's Wood inspired Sue to create this painting which she entered in the Special Woods Art Competition in 2008.

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