Over forty years ago, these four young guys stepping out on the South Lawn, are from left to right: Bradley Smith, Wolfgang Dumat, Clay Mantley and Noah Taylor. The photo was taken by student, Carlton Spencer, in June 1972, and predates the extension of the Dining Room in the background.
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On an overcast and cold day at Brockwood the tulip tree which has graced the South Lawn for around a century was taken down. Having had a fungal disease for quite some time it had recently been declared unsafe. The first photo below shows the tree at its peak covered in foliage; the large leaves used to make a distinctive murmuring sound in the breeze prompting Krishnaji, who used to watch the tree from his bedroom window, to describe a conversation he had with it. The photo looking towards the main house includes to the right the new small Tulip tree in the foreground, planted to replace the old one. (Photos by Bill Taylor and Mark Apted)
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Maryam Benoit was a student at Brockwood from 2006 to 2011. In 2011 she had a gap year in Berlin where she pursued her passion for dance doing a contemporary dance training programme. Maryam is starting at Bennington College, USA this autumn. Below is Maryam’s description of her rich life experiences since she left Brockwood.
Ein Jahr in Berlin
I’ve always lived in a silent place, where at night, all I could see was an intense darkness and all I could hear was the loud overpowering silence. My entire life, bird songs have woken me up. Tall mountains, trees and space have surrounded me and the moon has lit up my evenings. Here, the sound of car engines wakes me up every morning, buildings, people and not much space surrounds me, and streetlights light up my evenings. But I have enjoyed the contrast, the change in lifestyle and learning to adapt to a new environment.