Readers write - Landscape designer Martin Ford with his take on everyday life in Yorkshire
PUBLISHED: 09:25 23 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:12 20 February 2013
Landscape and garden designer Martin Ford explains why he <br/>uprooted his young family and replanted them in Yorkshire
Landscape and garden designer Martin Ford explains why he uprooted his young family and replanted them in Yorkshire
Standing on the 16th tee of the golf course where my great grandfather once conducted his own all-day vigil to protest about public access rights across the fairways, my playing partner asked me: Dont you miss this view?
We stood in the glorious sun taking in the view through Box Valley of the Peter Gabriel inspired Solsbury Hill and the city of Bath beyond. I had returned to the outskirts of my place of birth to play in a charity golf day and the answer was, without a moments hesitation: Yes, but
Every day for a full month after our relocation to Yorkshire it had rained. It was August. So despite the weather, the but in my reply was because the view from our new home was intoxicating.
I was often asked what I was staring at for hours. The way in which the view of Black Hill, on the tip of the Peak District changed according to the weather or the light was compulsive.
As a proud West Countryman, you may ask why I am writing about Yorkshire and Yorkshire life. After moving here with my family just over two years ago, it is thought that I can give an impartial and fresh outlook on the county, its people and events.
We wanted to raise our four children Jack, 10, Megan, eight, Hannah, four, and Ben, two in Yorkshire because of its diversity and landscapes which will provide a truly varied mix of opportunities in whatever careers and hobbies they choose to pursue. It did mean however, agreeing to move away from the county where I had lived for 30 years.
Sport and landscapes are my main passions in life and I am lucky enough to work as a landscape and garden designer (my sporting prowess has never been good enough to pursue it as a career) and I am currently working across the country, but predominantly in Yorkshire, designing bespoke outdoor spaces for private and commercial clients.
Not only do I get to see first hand the countys countryside whilst working, as a family we have been trying to visit as many of Yorkshires natural and man made attractions as well as taking advantage of the sporting events and shopping with two girls and two boys, I will leave it up to you to work out who goes where on a Saturday afternoon!
However, you cannot settle somewhere unless you are made to feel welcome by its inhabitants and the people of Yorkshire have lived up to their renowned welcome. Despite a slow start translating, the children have also developed their own take on the accent.
The autumn brought many walks and foraging in the countryside. We visited old haunts and new. Despite being a lover of the warm glow of a summers evening, there is something very comforting about starting to wrap up against the cold and the sense of nature putting itself to bed after another productive year.
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