Posted: 31/03/2014 at 23:45
Our dear forum member requested that I furnish details of my relationship with the ancient woodlands of Oxleas Woods.
Firstly. Please Google. Oxlese Woods. Instantly you will be given a ring side seat. Truly the woodland area has history. Apart from the woodland itself. The roads past it. Shootershill. The road from Dover to London. It is believed. The hywayman Dick Turpin held to gunpoint many nobles on this road. Lookking at todays geography. This famous Roman built road. A steady grdual climbe fro what is now Welling,m surmountintin to the top. The the downhill passage. passing the outskirts of Castlewood and then Eltham Common. Aririving at was once Shooterhill Police Station. This being the crossroads of Eltham Well Hall Rd. Acadamy Rd. and Shootershill Rd. I had for various reasons, perhaps held some personnal feelings for this woodland. Having been medically discharged from the police. I applied to the then LCC. Parks Dept. I was accepted and pased the medical. A1. I served with them for some five years. During this time. I passed first class my gardening. I aso gained a fiest in Groundsmanship. I at times boast. Oh, I went to Eton. Long preganant pause. Well! just for one day. It was during my groundsman cource. A Mr Bowles, was atv the time, hed grounds,man at Eton. We students had tobe amazed at his wondreful sports fields. Forgive me. Mike was not impressed. However. Mike. Went to Eton. During my brief spell at Oxles etc. Truthfully I was in my glory. Each day was different. Not boasting, but. I always seemed to lead the way. I was very much the practical man. In those days, parks and gardens tended to defer vistitors. Keep of the grass. No entry etc, To be honest. Eveninthe height of the summer season. Many parks and gardens lacked public support. With the death of the GLC and all of it's wasteful spending. HM Gov. Put opver the care etc of these historical places to, the local borughs. At that time. The unions played a big part. Oxleas and Casltlewood, came under the power of Greenwich council. Greenwich council was at that time a tcket employment. Your acceptance to the job, meant so much upon your union loyallty.. Mike wasn't in agreement to this arrangement. So I left. I wa sthankful that during my five years. I had gained a firstvin gardening and groundsmanship. I had attainred te status of Dep. Supt. I wa sthen asked by he MOD to become head Gardener. I accepeted. Even though the pay was small, Val an I maaged. As strange as it might seem. Most if not all of my horticultural knowledgeha sbeen gained by, personal individual study. Aka . Self taught.