We went to Hilfield Friary for their National Garden Scheme open day. On our way to the friary we found Hilfield nature reserve run by the Dorset County Council. Dorset Wildlife Trust also has a nature reserve in the same area, Hendover Coppice which many years ago was used by the monks for quite contemplation. Both reserves are close to the Friary. Found this lovely old beech tree, I think it may have been coppiced many years ago and it had grown several new stems and over the years the stems have got bigger, thicker until they merge together to form this wonderful tree.
This snail was in the Secret Garden
A representation of Christ on the Cross in the Secret Garden at Hilfield Friary