The fields next to the Fairfield estate are full of wildflowers at this time of year. Soon they will be cut for hay, but until then they are home to butterflies, and many birds that feast off the seeds and insects. I used to walk Lilly the Collie daily here, in sun, rain, snow, in summer autumn, winter and spring.
I rarely saw any fertilisers used, indeed I rarely saw any sort of intervention by the farmer at all. I guess that is why there is such a profusion of flowers and grasses.
The land is allocated for housing under the local plan, and Ashwood Dale quarry is seeking to expand its activities that will eat away another three fields.
Though I have moved to a different part of town, Lilly and I still pop up there. We need to enjoy it while we can.