The last of the light
Bristol Travel Blog› entry 29 of 55 › view all entries
May 30th, 2009 – by: sarahelaine
I parked and walked across the bridge. Despite the fact that there are safety cages higher than my head, the sheer drop on the gorge made me a little nervous about crossing. but is was a beautiful day and an incredible view. It turns out that the bridge is built in the middle of a unique environment. There are several species of flowers and trees that only grow on the cliffs of St Vincent next to the bridge, including two species of whitebeam trees. Who'd have thought it?
Actually, there was an information board which told the story that one of the engineer's wives, a woman called Mrs Glennie, did know about this and persuaded Brunel to transplant some of the rarer flowers a little further up the cliff. It conjures up a wonderful image of him carrying them personally in his hat, although of course in real life the chances are he got some poor labourer to do it. It probably gave him a nice break from perching hundreds of feet above the gorge.
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