Beautiful colours in the scrub at Brooklands

Walking Wilson in Brooklands today I noticed this lovely red colour in the scrublands.  Peter says it is Dogwood (Cornus Sanguinea) or ‘midwinter fire’, people grow it for the stunning colour of the stems.

Dogwood in the scrub

Dogwood in the scrub

The world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit, was constructed at Weybridge, Surrey in 1907.  Brooklands was more than a great sporting arena, it was the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, home of Concorde and the site of many engineering and technological achievements throughout eight decades of the 20th century.

Bench with an eye on the park

Bench with an eye on the park

Much of the original race track is the site of superstores, the Brooklands Museum and Mercedes Benz World, however a large section has been protected as a community park, and is very popular with families as it has a child size racing track where children can play on bikes and scooters, has a super playground, and lots of walks around the wooded areas, ideal for dogs.

Families enjoying the race track with Christmas bikes, scooters and remote control cars

Families enjoying the race track with Christmas bikes, scooters and remote control cars

Wilson's favourite swamp (See Concorde to the left of the photo)

Wilson’s favourite swamp (See Concorde to the left of the photo)

In the centre is Wilson’s favourite swamp, which changes in size significantly when the water table moves.  It almost disappears in very dry weather, but is very present in the winter.

Wilson rescues his stick from the swamp

Wilson rescues his stick from the swamp

A super stick

A super stick

Model of Concorde at the entrance to Mercedes Benz at Brooklands

Model of Concorde at the entrance to Mercedes Benz at Brooklands

Brooklands is the Home of Concorde – more than 30% of every airframe, British and French, was manufactured here.

Janathon: One short dog walk today, none yesterday, felt too rotten.  Feeling better today 🙂

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About Barbara

Born in Dublin, living in London with Peter, my two daughters, Wilson our Spaniel & Woordow our Malshih (Shih Tzu-Maltese cross)
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6 Responses to Beautiful colours in the scrub at Brooklands

  1. Richard says:

    I was taken on the real Concorde in the pre-terrorist days when it was parked out in the open at LHR. Must have been late 1970s. It was tiny inside, not enough room to swing a cat.

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  2. Jo Bryant says:

    Wilson never fails to make me smile…never !!! And i love that bench

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  3. Grannymar says:

    I love the bench with an eye on the park, it looks good & solid and more comfortable than most we see in parks today.

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    • Barbara says:

      Yes, I wonder did they pick tat piece of wood deliberately? There are a few beautiful benches around here made with very substantial pieces of wood. When the light s right I’ll photograph them

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