Our thanks to Don Bates for sending us some nostalgic photographs of the Bostock Hall Country Estate taken from his family collection.
Don’s Great Grandfather, Thomas Pate, was coachman for the Hayhurst family for a number of years in the late 1800s and lived at North Lodge with his wife Mary and their eleven children.
Every two months residents receive a newsletter designed to keep everyone up-to-date with progress on the management of the Bostock Country Estate. Unlike similar estates, residents own the freehold so there is no external landlord. A Management Board, made up of elected residents, means we have complete control over our ground rents and all the decision-making related to the Estate. We have several strategic plans in place to ensure there are no surprises. Our current projects include silt removal from the lakes, the upgrading of the lawns and the enhancement of the woodland walks.
My in-box occasionally holds an email from a fellow Bostock resident, invariably headed “what’s this?” Usually a dodgy photo is attached depicting some creature just spotted in the garden or down at the lake, and prompt identification is demanded.
By happy coincidence I possess a well-illustrated book on British wildlife entitled “What’s That?” and usually the answer can be found within the pages. This gives me the chance to share sightings of the surprising variety of wildlife which resides or passes through our immediate environment, both mundane and sometimes quite exotic; Sue Gunning’s Humming Bird Hawk Moth and Chris Smith’s sinister looking Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar being just two examples.