Please arrive early as plants go very very quickly indeed!!!!
Please arrive early as plants go very very quickly indeed!!!!
…after a long winter break and enforced hibernation caused by illness and consequent loss of web site technical know-how,Tortington TLC is back LIVE! But rest assured we can now resume posts on all matters Tortington – see the post above about the Tortington Church annual plant sale and we will soon post details of the forthcoming Binsted Arts Festival!
Richard Williamson, the great naturalist and countryman, devised this walk in Binsted and Tortington woods to enjoy this wonderful environment in its autumn colours. It’s a short circular walk in woodland that his grandfather, when he lived at Walberton, knew so well in the late 19th century. It was last published in the Bognor Observer in 2013.
The walk itself is indicated on the map by a red broken line. The red dotted lines are (very approximate!) public footpaths. Use an OS map if in doubt.
From Tortington Lane west on fingerpost into woods of Scots pines planted over hazel coppice. Neither species are very happy with the arrangement. The old oaks which my grandfather knew when he lived at Walberton House in 1888 have been cut down.
The butchers broom plants show, however, that this is ancient woodland in parts.
Footpath follows an ancient row of banks which allowed safe passage in medieval days. Footbridge crosses tiny stream.
At Binsted Lane, left then right back into the woods.
Honeysuckle shows that this wood supports colony of white admiral butterflies which fly in July. The caterpillars eat honeysuckle leaves.
Small bridge crosses another stream with holly growing nearby. Then turn right on fingerpost.
As you arrive at a large holly under a spreading oak, turn right (no fingerpost). If you have come to open fields, you are too far west and will get lost. I did this!
Now you are walking north. This is not an easy way to follow as there are several paths people have made over the years shooting off in all directions.
You have passed under some old beech trees and should then arrive at a crossway where there is a garden seat. Turn right along a made-up causeway with masses of pendulous sedge growing in the ditches.
This takes you 400 yards east to another crossway where turn half right on fingerpost, leaving a biggish beech on your right together with two Lawson cypresses. This time larch trees are trying their luck on the soggy ground.
Cross the stream by a baby yew tree. Soon you come to a house on Binsted Lane. Turn left then right after 20 yards, soon to cross the next stream again.
By the way, I have recorded both marsh and willow tit in this wood in the past, to say nothing of nuthatch, mistle thrush, and great spotted woodpecker.
My grandfather shot rabbits, pigeons and pheasants here, according to his diaries. One day he even shot some corncrakes. Things were different then.
If you pass a huge abandoned tractor tyre at another footbridge, you are on the right path. That wasn’t there in grandfather’s day for sure. On reaching the road, Tortington Lane, turn right back to the car.
Grandfather had a pony and trap. He even drove himself in it to the doctor’s surgery in Arundel when he cut the top off his finger on the lathe, holding said fingertip in place to have it successfully stitched together.
Apologies for such a late posting but Arundel Bypass Neighbourhood Committee have organized a demonstration at the Flint Barn, Binsted Lane, on Sunday 8th October at 1.00. Following the news that WSCC and ADC will be supporting Option 5A (the Binsted route) ABNC has arranged for speakers to attend, to conduct a walk along the damaging route 5a and to show support for an alternative route to one destroying and splitting the communities at Binsted and Tortington, and destroying a unique and valuable natural environment in Binsted Woods and Tortington Common.
Tortington residents will be interested in the following two important meetings coming up that members of the public can attend. I’m not sure about speaking rights but the content of the meetings are on responses to the Highways England’s Arundel bypass consultation.
WSCC Environment and Community Services Select Committee
Thursday 28th September at 10.30am
The Committee will hear presentations from select community groups, including a TLC editor, affected by the bypass.The Committee will then endorse or reject the County Council officers’ recommendation that they support Option 5A.
Arun District Council Cabinet meeting
Monday 16th October at 5.00pm
ADC will be deciding on their final response to HE. The first 15 minutes are given over to Public Question Time at which you may ask a question regarding their position on the bypass. You have to book a slot to do this and its on a first come, first served basis. Check their web site for booking information – no need to book if you don’t intend to say anything!
CUT THE ARUNDEL BYPASS SHORT
DON’T CARVE UP TORTINGTON
Here in Tortington most of us are unashamedly against a bypass being driven right through the middle of our ancient rural parish. But having read the Consultation Document it might be worthwhile adding a few summary points to help you complete the questionnaire. Click HERE for the online questionnaire – it’s way down at the bottom of that page!
Why we should CHOOSE OPTION 1 – the Short Bypass route
Option 1 is the only option that satisfies all SEVEN of Highways England’s primary AIMS of a new bypass
In addition, it is the SHORTEST route, the LEAST EXPENSIVE route and the one most likely to be COMPLETED on time and on budget.
Why we should REJECT OPTION 3 – the Tortington route
Option 3 is the most damaging option for ancient woodland, productive agricultural land and the existing recreational use of the countryside, within and just outside the South Downs National Park
The predominant MYTHS that cloud the judgement of many in the debate – and the ABBA factor!
Yesterday we found that Littlehampton and Rustington libraries had run out of the Bypass Consultation document and did not know when more would be available. But if you haven’t been able to get a copy from any of the other collection points (click here for a list) you can download one from that same Highways England page. There were plenty of copies of the questionnaire available in public libraries and elsewhere and WE ALL MUST COMPLETE THE QUESTIONNAIRE if our voice is to be heard. It can also be completed online, again using the link above. The Bypass Consultation document really must be read before completing the questionnaire because it has important information regarding the 3 routes for the bypass that are under consideration. It is very much fact-based and cuts through much of the ‘noise’ generated by local politicians and their supporters.
Highways England’s A27 Bypass Public Consultation process has begun, starting on 22nd August through to 16th October. All Tortington residents should have received information by post regarding the public places where the issues and options under consideration can be seen and where HE staff will be available to answer questions. In addition there will be un-manned displays at other locations as will as places – public buildings, libraries and mobile libraries – where the consultation document and questionnaire can be picked up.
There is not enough space on Tortington TLC to go through all the options, their pros and cons and their consequences for Tortington residents, but as one of the 3 options for the possible route of the Arundel bypass tears the heart out of Tortington’s countryside and severs us from the rest of Arundel parish we cannot stress enough the importance of Tortington residents playing a full role in this consultation.
If you have not received the list of venues for the display of information then follow this link to the HE consultation page – https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/a27-arundel-bypass/ – where you can also download the consultation document and read about all of the options and complete the questionnaire online if you prefer.
To date, all local discussion on this subject has excluded Tortington residents – denied their very existence in some cases! – and to at last have our say THE VERY LEAST WE CAN DO is complete and send the QUESTIONNAIRE.