Monday, 17 February 2014

A Special Valentines for a special couple

Friday as we all know was Valentines day and what better way to start the day by planting a Celebration tree that would be around for a very long time and a permanent reminder of your first date.

I watched the weather forecast for Friday closely, it really did not look good. Another storm coming in with high winds but amazingly the weather stayed on our side until just after the tree planting. With parts of trees already on the ground from the storms the nights before, it felt so right to be planting a new tree that day.
Being a volunteer photographer at Charlecote Park, I get to see a few of the special events that happen within the park and this one was a lovely one to see.

The lovely couple who planted a tree on Valentines day, were Lee and Rachel  from  Air Experience  I had not met Rachel or Lee before but I have seen many of their Ariel photographs of the area. I would love to be able to take photographs of Charlecote from the sky but I am not sure if that would be a little too high of the ground for me. I am thinking about it :)

A combined effort while constantly smiling :)

 Lee had taken Rachel flying above Charlecote Park on their first date followed by a walk around the park itself. Charlecote Park has become a very special place for them and it was lovely to see them celebrating Valentines day in this way. They now have a special tree in a special place for them to watch grow over the years as their love for each other does too. Rachel and Lee are a lovely couple and were constantly smiling, it was so nice to see them so happy.
Wishing them both best wishes for the future together. May their relationship grow stronger and stronger through the years as the tree does too.

 If you would like to know more about Celebration Tree planting at Charlecote , read my blog 'Boxing Day walk, reflections and tree planting'. Here is the link:

For more about Lee and Rachel's beautiful story here is a link to the National Trust's article

Here is a blog from Lisa who is the Park and Garden manager at Charlecote Park. Well worth a read. It tells you more about the storm damage in the park. I have just read it myself and I will be in later this week to take some more photos. Some of these trees have been around for 100's of years. Such a shame.

                                                             Photos Copyright Jana Eastwood


  1. Another superb Blog, I love your photograph of the swans, I can't get it out of my mind! It is such a serene image.

  2. Hi Ann and thank you for you lovely comment. These Swans I have been watching for a long time. I will write a blog about them one day. I have them dancing as I call it, which was when this photo was taken. To nesting, then new signets and the signets growing. It's been beautiful watching the same pair through the year and see them have their young ones. I will share soon.