I sometimes break the monotony of Ollie’s daily walk by taking him across to the Recreation Ground, in High House Road. This is the home of the local cricket and football teams, and is fringed by some dense woodland, intersected by paths. There are so many trees inside, that even on a bright day it can feel gloomy and dark in there. Ollie always enjoys the excursion, as the woods are also home to substantial populations of rabbits and squirrels, so he spends much of his time chasing them around.
Today was no exception, and he flushed out many irritated squirrels, watching them scamper easily out of his reach, into the branches of the tall trees above. On one edge of the woodland, is a large, overgrown construction, similar to an early style of log cabin, or military bunker of some kind. It appears to have been constructed from fallen logs and branches, then dug out inside, to provide an earth floor. Some care has been taken to build it solidly, and I would guess that it has stood there for a while, as plants have grown on the roof.
I doubt that it has any military or similar uses though. For one thing, it faces into the woods, not across the open areas beyond, and it is not deep enough inside to make it comfortable to move around in. I suspect it was made as a den, somewhere for local children to play, or for teenagers to hang around in. It shows little or no sign of being used these days, so maybe the builders have since left the area. Luckily, I had my camera with me today, and got these shots of it.
From the front, you can see how well made it is.
The side view shows how the entrance was created.
I am surprised that more youngsters don’t play here. If I was a child in Beetley, I would be there all the time.