TALES of ghosts of men dressed all in green have been reported for centuries and are though to hark back to folk memories of pagan gods of the forest. But despite our modern civilised society people still see ghosts of green figures. A particularly sinister one was seen in 1986 by Mark Nursey and girlfriend Allyson Bulpett while they drove along the top of Hughenden valley, High Wycombe, Bucks. This is the report that appeared in the South Bucks Star of September 26th, 1986. Pictured is an old pub sign for The Green Man pub near the spot where the ghost was seen.
Phantom of the Forest
A GHOSTLY figure dressed in green startled two motorists as they drove past a crematorium just before midnight.
The apparition suddenly loomed up at the side of the road sending shivers down the spine of driver Mark Nursey and his girlfriend Allyson Bulpett, who was in the car behind.
Mark, of Hepplewhite Close, High Wycombe, said: "The most uncanny thing was the way it stood. It seemed to be wearing what I can only describe as a big green jumper. I couldn't make out the head or hands. It seemed to be stooping but was about 5ft 11ins tall and well built."
The ghost was seen outside Hughenden Crematorium, Four Ashes Lane, Cryers Hill.
One theory is the figure was the spirit of the forest, a green man, as depicted on a number of pub signs in the Chilterns. He is also related to Herne the Hunter, spirit of the forest as depicted on TV's Robin of Sherwood.
A green man is also said to haunt the woods at Fingest. Ghosts are traditionally seen around midnight - the witching hour - and around graveyards.
Another clue to his appearance may be a ley line passing near the haunted spot. Ley lines - alignments of ancient sites such as churches, stone circles and holy wells - are thought by some to possess mysterious powers.
Strange Folklore Society, based in High Wycombe, is investigating a ley line that starts at the end of Four Ashes Lane.
On the line is a pond said to be inhabited by a dragon, St Mary's Church, Princes Risborough and a holy well desecrated last year by black magicians.
Speen Witch's Stone - said to cover buried treasure but guarded by the ghost of a witch or highwayman - is also on the ley line. The green man ghost in Four Ashes Lane was standing just yards from the ley line.
New tale of ghost terror
Following the report of the sighting by Mark Nursey and Allyson Bulpett another reader of the Star newspaper admitted he had seen the ghost of a green man along the same road (pictured left) some years earlier. This is the report that appeared in The Star of October 17th, 1986:
"ANOTHER witness of the phantom of the forest has recalled his terrifying ordeal. The seven-foot tall green ghost was seen by warehouseman Phil Mullett just yards from where 21-year-old Mark Nursey saw the figure on Four Ashes Road, Cryers Hill, near High Wycombe.
Mark's sighting, reported in the Star, September 26, happened just before midnight by Hughenden Garden of Rest on the road. His girlfriend Allyson Bulpett also saw the ghost. When Phil, 28, of Dashwood Avenue, High Wycombe, read the account he realised Mark had seen the same figure he saw eight years previously.
Phil said: "It gave me quite a shock to read it. The account was so close to my own. It was about 9.30pm when I drove into Four Ashes Road and on turning my car lights on full I saw this green person appear from the right hand side of the road. It drifted out to the centre of the road and turned towards me. It waved its arms, not to frighten but as if to warn me to keep back. It drifted into the hedge on the other side of the road but as I got closer it came out again to the centre, turned and lifted its arms. I knew I was going to hit it. I think I cried out or shouted something."
Phil braked and although he must have hit the figure when he got out look there was nothing there. He said the figure was bright green but appeared to have no legs or hands. The body was solid and it stood about seven foot tall. Instead of a face there was just a misty grey round shape.
Strange Folklore Society is investigating the sightings."