Four Marks is a dry parish: Not a single permanent stream or even a winterbourne occurs…yet the recent glut of new developments eager to entice customers to live here, have resorted to some very wishful thinking. We have a large new development called ‘Meadow Brook’ complete with evocative bird names like Lapwing Close and Goldcrest Way for the crowded (wader free) little cul de sacs. The old Windmill Inn is being flattened as I write to be replaced by Riverwood!!

  Given that ‘Riverwood’ will be higher than the highest railway station in Southern England, perhaps the developers know something the rest of us don’t??
I’m off to rename my pond LAKE BLACKBERRY

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