ABOUT 20 years ago, Coopers Wood in Northend was open to the public but these days there is no access
ABOUT 20 years ago, Coopers Wood in Northend was open to the public but these days there is no access thanks to a huge metal fence.
However, you can still walk along on the public footpaths and even see this metal plaque on a concrete plinth a few feet on the other side of the fence from the road.
From the words, it was clearly aimed at visitors to the area when it was still free to roam. It reads:
Friend, when you stray, or sit and take your ease On moor or fell or under spreading trees Pray, leave no traces of your wayside meal No paper bag, no scattered orange peel Nor daily journal littered on the grass Others may view these with distaste, and pass. Let no one say, and say it to your shame, That all was beauty here until you came.