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08 February 2010 Adam Owen

Fine weather accompanied 44 walkers who turned out on Sunday 24th January to help raise funds to support the Surrey Tree Warden Network and the local ‘Age to Age’ walk.

Everyone gathered at the Lingfield Oak ready to follow the circular route of the established 7 mile walk, Lead by Peter Francis, one of the originators of the ‘Age to Age’ walk, a pleasant stroll was had by all through the outstanding Surrey countryside to Crowhurst churchyard where many saw the Crowhurst Yew for the first time.

Over 4000 years old this tree was a youngster when the Bronze Age was just beginning and Stonehenge was being constructed.  It is incredible to imagine the historical events that this tree has survived.  The tree is now recognised as one of Britain’s champion trees, celebrated by the Tree Council.

After light refreshment the walkers returned to Lingfield admiring the many old and beautiful farmhouses along the way.  Having lost count of the numerous stiles they had climbed and being weighed down by the pounds of mud attached to each foot all made it back to the Lingfield Oak in time for more cake!

An initial count of donations and sponsorship received on the day totalled over £500.00 and hot drinks and cakes supplied by Dave Pope and his family raised over £40.  It is hoped a final total of £1000.00 will be reached with half of this going to the Surrey Tree Warden Network and half to fund a re-design and production of the ‘Age to Age’ walk leaflet.

Special thanks must be extended to Anne Richards, Julie Hearn, Heather & Peter Francis and Dave Pope and his family for organising the walk and refreshments, ensuring everyone had a truly wonderful day in the January sunshine.

Age to Age Walk