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It’s that time of year!

It’s that time of year!

Tuesday 4 June 2024

It’s the time of year when young birds are taking to the wing – and our photographic ace Gordon Ridgewell is, as ever, on hand to record the unfolding dramas. I was sitting in my armchair the other evening looking into the garden and suddenly two great spotted woodpeckers landed on the fence. With my […] Read more >

Gordon’s going for gold

Gordon’s going for gold

Monday 27 May 2024

“Yesterday evening after a storm I went out chasing a rainbow. They say there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but finding the end is the problem.” A reflection from photographer Gordon Ridgewell.     Read more >

Cop a load of these cyclists in Littlebury!

Cop a load of these cyclists in Littlebury!

Friday 24 May 2024

“RideLondon passed through Littlebury,” Photographer Gordon Ridgewell tells us. “And surprise, surprise, there were about a dozen police outriders briefly passing through. I hadn’t seen a policeman in years.” Read more >

The majesty of Thaxted

The majesty of Thaxted

Thursday 9 May 2024

You might recall that we held last year’s CPRE Essex AGM in Thaxted, after which we took to the streets for Richard Haynes’s fascinating tour of this beautiful town. No one there could have failed to be captivated by the excursion and so we can only be grateful to lensman Gordon Ridgewell for his latest […] Read more >

Howe Wood: a bit of all-white!

Howe Wood: a bit of all-white!

Friday 3 May 2024

“It’s all white!” snaps photographer Gordon Ridgewell. “Howe Wood is looking a picture as the leaves are bursting open. What a great day!” Read more >

Sweet, sour and blue

Sweet, sour and blue

Monday 15 April 2024

A strange one from photographer Gordon Ridgewell today… “The bluebells are now in flower at Howe Wood, Littlebury. They add to the smells of the countryside, along with the rape and dumping of sewage just along the road. A bit like sweet and sour.”. Mmm… Read more >

We wish you a happy and peaceful Easter

We wish you a happy and peaceful Easter

Thursday 28 March 2024

It’s blowing hard out there as we write this, with weather warnings issued, but Easter is almost here. And no flower is associated more with this lovely and important time than the daffodil. So over to photographer Gordon Ridgewell… “It’s ‘daff’ time of the year again. I had to call at St Mary’s Church, Wendens […] Read more >

The Clatterbury Oak is saved – and it’s now got a preservation order!

The Clatterbury Oak is saved – and it’s now got a preservation order!

Thursday 28 March 2024

With Easter almost upon us, let’s share some more good news! A planning application to fell an ancient Essex tree has been refused. Developers looking to build an access road as part of proposals to put up five new houses had applied for permission to remove the Clatterbury Oak, on the edge of the village […] Read more >

The dandelions are early – but what about the wine?

The dandelions are early – but what about the wine?

Wednesday 27 March 2024

It might seem that spring is struggling to splutter into life, but photographer Gordon Ridgewell reminds us how nature’s cycle is very different to how it once was. “I have just seen dandelions in flower,” he tells us. “Back in the day – the 1960s – when I made wine it was always said to […] Read more >

It’s a lovely day!

It’s a lovely day!

Thursday 14 March 2024

No extra commentary needed here. We’ll let camera king Gordon Ridgewell do the talking… “I just popped out with the dog and captured this shot of Littlebury Mill. The sun is shining and the daffs are out. What a lovely day!” Read more >