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Walkers hear the history of Bungay at festival event

PUBLISHED: 16:19 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:19 18 July 2017

The group on a bridge crossing  a stream on the footpath between Earsham Dam and Marston Moor at the Walk on the Wildside event. Picture: Terry Reeve.

The group on a bridge crossing a stream on the footpath between Earsham Dam and Marston Moor at the Walk on the Wildside event. Picture: Terry Reeve.

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A group of 25 people spent Sunday afternoon on a five-mile walk - the Bungay Festival's Walk on the Wildside event.

It was led by historian Chris Reeve, who spoke at intervals on points of history passed on the walk, which took them via Earsham, along the Bath Hills footpath and home across Outney Common.

The group heard information on the Vikings invasion of Earsham, the history of Scott House, and Bath House, the gravel workings at Earsham, and the controversial character Mark Butcher, buried in an elaborate tomb in Earsham churchyard.

Tree expert Paul Jackson pointed out examples of trees suffering from Dutch Elm and alder die-back disease, the project to increase the number of barn owls in Suffolk, and rare species of trees. Jim Cooper, of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, identified some rare or unusual wild flowers and plants along the route.

The walk raised funds for the Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

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