I was only introduced to the Woods a couple of years ago when I had a new puppy and looked for nice places to walk him.


I especially loved the Woods. I felt comfortable walking a very lively puppy knowing that I was surrounded by dog lovers who would understand.


I became more and more fond of the walk and by now I do it pretty much every day.


Last year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to go through surgery. As I was lying in the anaesthetics room the Anaesthetist asked me to think of a happy place as I was drifting off to sleep. I immediately thought of walking through the Woods with the sun speckled on the dry leaf floor; my golden retriever, Alfie running at full gallop through the trees.


I came through the surgery and the subsequent radiotherapy and all is well now. I think of that moment every time I start my walk. My happy place!


I am sure there are many people who get a similar emotion as they step through the gates.


Thank you for all you do to make it such a beautiful place to be.