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Each month we featured a special place occupied by Trees in Bakewell, with pictures, history and local information. Scroll down to see more monthly places.


DECEMBER : A busy corner by The Chimney

The Cherry Tree Knotted trunks

Two of the benches The winding path

Looking from the bottom of the Chimney Carpet of leaves and Ivy

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LeavesWhat does Santa come down at Christmas? The chimney! And in Bakewell we have a path called The Chimney, so called because it has the kinks and straight lengths akin to a chimney (it is steep and also known as Slippy Hill by locals). At the bottom is the busy A6 road.

But there is something else, a small patch of ground consisting of a triangle of grass, 3 wooden benches and some shrubs and mature trees. It is not much in size, seems to have no name, and is easily missed... but there is a special peace in this place.

In Spring cheerful pink, yellow and white blossoms of Cherry, Hawthorn and Laburnum brighten the space, and for a week in Summer it is the place for one of the town's many Well Dressings. During the Autumn the vigorous shrubs are neatly clipped so that in Winter the beautiful rich brown colour of the wide sturdy Cherry trunk can be seen and the twisted branches of the trees display their beauty.

Winter Solstice and Christmas is a time when we celebrate officially, with friends and neighbours, and with our family. It is fitting that the three seats in this place commemorate the formal life of the town, the people of the town and a dear wife and sister of the town, respectively Councillor Thomas Edward Welch (Eddie) Bakewell Mayor 1975-76, the Jubilee Celebrations Committee of 1977, and Jessie Daybell.

Bakewell Tree Trail wishes Seasons Greetings to all our visitors!


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