Embrace the boggart!
On Boggart Hole Clough, forgetting your new year’s resolutions and the art of irrational recreation
Dear Millers — is wilderness something to be feared or embraced? Our regular writer Ophira Gottlieb says it’s something we should learn to love — trusting that nature can look after itself more intuitively and skilfully than a local council.
In today’s piece, she takes a walk through Boggart Hole Clough, a public park in Blackley where the focus is on allowing nature to thrive rather than exerting meticulous control over each plant and pathway. Enjoy — it’s a beautiful piece.
Before we get to that, big thanks to longtime member Tom Cheesewright, who is not only supporting us via a sponsorship from his company Pomona Partners but has also written a very generous post on LinkedIn explaining why he chose us as the first place to advertise his venture.
“I wanted to spend my business's money supporting a product that I like,” he writes. “The Mill is one of the few things that I make time to read consistently, mostly because of its range… It makes me feel more connected to my adopted city — p…