LANt026 John Oakland
LANDshapes Oral History interview summary
Born in Nottinghamshire, John Oakland talks of his love for the
Charnwood area and how he 'fell in love with it when I saw it'.
Listen as John tells us of his lifelong passion for gardening, despite
the often strenuous work in his own garden which is a part of The
National Garden Scheme ' if you're a gardener you can't stand
still it's a non stop thing'. Learn about the octogenarian
rhododendrons and azaleas that are 'Mostly still there in full maturity,
some of them flowering'. Hear John talk about the joys of bee keeping
which he describes as ' a very gentle hobby', find out why
his bees had to make a '6 mile trip up the road to Belton' and discover
why John says that he hasn't ' got a lot of respect for squirrels '
but has a lot of respect ' for the old fox'.
Interviewer: Roger Kitchen.
Interview Date: 22/03/2005
Landshape Zone: Charnwood
Location: Woodhouse, Leicestershire,
Date of birth: 1934
Location of Original: Originals held with The National Forest Company.