The Trees of Priory Park

Located in Southend-on-Sea, Essex County, England, this public park was established on the grounds of Prittlewell Priory, a former 12th-Century Cluniac Monastery.

Walled gardens, hedges, pathways, tree and shrub arrangements, open spaces and secret alcoves are arranged in typical English fashion. Here is a photo tour of my walk in Priory Park.

For me, any walk is all about the trees, whether I'm walking in a park, along a city street or in the forest. My eye is unconsciously drawn to all trees, great and small.

Through the garden gate.

A spectacular tree indeed, unlike the others.

What beautiful feet!

Even in winter, English gardens uphold the charm of their sacred spaces.

Spectacular design.

In the English gardens I have walked through, there are always hidden spaces tucked off the main pathways.

I am always amazed at what grows where.

Priory Park is a quiet escape. This former Monastery site seems to have created an eternal vow of silence that has been pulled through the loopholes of time.

Angela McMullen is a poet, forest writing workshop facilitator and freelance writer who lives and writes in maritime Nova Scotia, where she is inspired by the rhythm of the Bay of Fundy tides, the pulse of long-standing forests, the expansive fields of the Annapolis Valley, the backdrop of North and South mountain ranges, and the distinction of the four seasons.

Angela's most recent work is a slim book of poetry that captures the pure essence of nature and her unwavering resilience. Infused with undertones of Italian influence, this collection of poetry speaks for itself.

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