|Harcourt Arboretum is an area of woodland just a few miles outside Oxford, maintained by Oxford University. Plant species here include many native English woodland plants, and some less indigenous.|
|Above and below: the carpet of Bluebells, photographed here in early May, covering the ground between a diversity of kinds of tree, are somehow capture the quintessence of English woodland.
Left: a peacock adds a touch of exotic colour.
Right: On the higher ground, more exposed to incoming winds, the ground covber among the Beech trees is less extravagant.
|Left: this pastoral haven is just a stone's throw from some less attractive aspects of our modern world.
Below: grass meadow adoining the Harcourt woods. Later in the year, the grass will be very much taller, and will harbour a great diversity of plants and animals.