My tall beech in Sparrow’s hanger, which measured 50 feet to the first fork, & 42 afterwards, is just 6 feet in girth at 2 feet above the ground. At the back of Burhant house, in an abrupt field which inclines towards nightingale-lane, stand four noble beech-trees on the edge of a steep ravin or water gully the largest of which measures 9 ft. 5. in. at about a yard from the ground. This ravin runs with a strong torrent in winter from nightingale-lane, but is dry in the summer. The beeches above are now the finest remaining in the neighbourhood, & carry fine heads. There is a romantic, perennial spring in this gully, that might be rendered very ornamental was it situated in a gentleman’s outlet.
Mended the planks of the zigzag. Bro. Tho. White sowed the naked part of the hanger with great quantities of hips, haws, sloes, & holly-berries. In May last he sowed a pound of furze seeds on the same naked space; many of which appear to have grown: & lately he sowed two pounds more. *added note: Decembr 1790. As fast as any of these seeds have sprouted, they have constantly been brouzed off, & bitten down by the sheep, which lie very hard on them, & will not suffer them to thrive.
Set up again my stone dial, blown down many years ago, on a thick Portland-slap in the angle of the terrass. The column is very old, came from Sarson house near Amport, & was hewn from the quarries of Chilmarke. The dial was regulated by my meridian line.