On our last walk we had searched for the beginnings of the Southwell story. Water runs through this landscape in its river, dumbles and wells, shaping not only the land it self but the story of the town and its people from the start. Likewise, the story of a very particular fruit grew along with the seed that a young girl planted. Connecting back to the importance of orchards both historically and symbolically and taking firm root in the towns succeeding 200 years and still on through its present and into its future connecting the community still.
Many of the sites we visited yesterday were on the surface sites of absence, of things no longer there or that couldn’t be seen. But stories are living things that evolve through time. The importance of these particular strands in the story of Southwell and its people is such that there is presence in this absence that adds richness and meaning to its still unfolding tale.
This project of walking the landscape as part of mapping the places that people have told Discovering Southwell are special to them for all sorts of reasons has all been about making connections, to landscape, to nature and to each other. Through sharing stories of what we know, care about and cherish we forge these connections. We get to know each other, ourselves and our Place and make new stories. This way strong open mindful communities are made in which we all belong. This is what Discovering Southwell is all about.