Sunday, 1 September 2013

Grey Poplar plus offspring

In the field nearby there is this huge Poplar, and it is surrounded by countless young trees, which I believe arise from suckers rather than seeds. It is quite impressive!

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Ash tree on a windy day

A lively young Ash tree (Fraxinus exelsior) being blown about.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Scarred Ash tree

This is a mature Ash tree (Fraxinus) that I walk past often with my dog. It has two huge scars on the bole as if two large branches have been removed in the past.

Lovely old thing, so far with no trace of fungus!



Sunday, 9 September 2012

The Willow Returns....

Last September I posted about a huge willow that was felled nearby:
A Remarkable Tree Felled,Sept 2011

Well I walked the dog past it the other day and saw this:



Monday, 5 December 2011

Some remarkable tree books!

There are quite a few noteworthy books out there, some old, some new, and here is a list of those that I have come across.

Getting Acquainted with the Trees (1904) by J. Horace McFarland
This is a quaint exploration of some common American trees that I found online using my book reader.
Despite the fact that it was written over 100 years ago the writing is very clear and easy going-some books can be bogged down with technical details or purple prose, not so this book. It even has photos taken by the author in each chapter!
Here's a link to download it:
Getting Acquainted with the Trees

The Secret Life of Trees (2005) by Colin Tudge
This is a superb book on every aspect of trees and one which I am still dipping into! The first section deals with thr famlies of trees, later sections deal with the socio-cultural aspect of trees and other matters. Highly recommended!



Meetings With Remarkable Trees (1997) by Thomas Packenham
This is a fabulous book, full of colour photos of noteworthy trees but so much more than simply a coffee table book, and the inspiration for this bog's title! Superb book.


Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees (2008) by Roger Deakin
I had heard about this book and so bought a copy from Waterstones last year. I hsve yet to read it but from what I've heard about it I will surely enjoy it!


Trees of Britain and Northern Europe - Collins Field Guide (1978)
by Alan Mitchell

This is an ID guide to all the trees youre likely to come across in the UK, both wild trees and those found in parks or arboreta. Excellent!

Monday, 19 September 2011

A remarkable tree felled!

This huge willow has been on that bit of green for many years, my partner tells me she used to sit under it as a little girl, but we've had some gale force winds of late and it has sufffered!

The council sent someone round to sort it out but ufortunately all thats left of it now is a stump :(

Saturday, 13 August 2011

A Churchyard Redwood


















Everytime I go to town I see this huge Redwood towering over Holy Trinity Church, Darlington, and today I got a chance to get a photo of it on the church's grounds, albeit with only my phone.

My 5 year old son provides a sense of scale!