Although I have known where Leigh Woods were for years, I had never actually been into them until I decided to see Luke Jerram's Withdrawn installation. Stepping through the gates to the woodland, I was greeted by tall, imposing trees, silhouetted against the bright sunlight. The path rose up before me, and there were the sounds of animals-birds singing, squirrels skittering through the undergrowth-all around. Exposed rock faces reminded me that I was still in the Avon Gorge, despite the lush foliage.
There were lots of ferns growing, and I admired their beautifully curled heads.
We also discovered this strange, pale flower growing near the roots of a tree.
With so many ferns, rocks and hollow tree trunks around, my boyfriend and I started to feel a bit like we were in Jurassic Park, and dinosaurs could appear from the undergrowth at any moment! But only the squirrels crossed our path.
As we got deeper into the woodland, we found this ancient yew tree. The bark was gnarled and full of texture. I liked the design of the wall around it, which seemed to allow space for the tree to grow and also for humans and animals to slip through the space at either side.
The evening sun filtered through the leaves, creating dappled patterns on the ground.
As the sun started to sink lower in the sky, it was time to head home. But I have a feeling that now I have discovered this woodland gem, I will be back quite often...
Leigh Woods is managed by the National Trust. You can find out more on their website.