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The red dragon of Wales at the Ebbw Vale Garden Festival in 1992

I can’t believe that 2017 sees the 25th anniversary of the Ebbw Vale Garden Festival that brought two million visitors to Blaenau Gwent in South East Wales.

The festival lasted six months, from May until October and transformed a derelict industrial wasteland into a blossoming landscape nearly two miles long. Continue Reading »

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At first these were mystery trees…

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All can now be revealed. After weeks of searching for a new tree to follow for 2017, I have made my decision.

Along the way I have encountered many characterful trees. There were other trees in Llandaff Fields, like my first tree, the hornbeam. There were other trees in Bute Park, like my second tree, the Empress Tree (Paulownia tomentosa). There were other trees in Thompson’s Park, like last year’s oak, The Pigeon Tree.

But part of the fun is exploring a different field or park every year. That’s why I went walking in the Blackweir area along the River Taff in Cardiff. Continue Reading »

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What’s wrong with this picture? The Bute Park label says Torreya nucifera – Japanese nutmeg tree, family Taxaceae. Think about it and I will tell you what’s wrong later…

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The February tree-following link box is now closed, but at the bottom of this post you will find links to the excellent contributions we received this month.

You will see that some people have already chosen a new tree for 2017 – but why not join us? There’s no rush, you can join in at any time and you don’t really have to do it every single month if that’s too much. If you are new to tree following, read all about it here.

But for now back to that “Japanese nutmeg tree”. I was intrigued by its label when I spotted it nearly a year ago, and even considered following it. But the other day I realised a big mistake… Continue Reading »

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Glamorgan Heritage Coast at Southerndown, seen from the viewing point in Dunraven Park on the clifftop

When I visited Dunraven at Southerndown on Christmas Day (see blog post here) I did say I would tell you some more about the cliffs of the Heritage Coast itself. So here goes. Continue Reading »

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The books I read in 2016 – click on the image to see a bigger version

I’m not a great believer in making resolutions on New Year’s Day – any day will do. So I have decided to “sign up” for the Reading Challenge on Shaz’s Jera’s Jamboree blog. It’s a way of getting out of your comfort zone of always reading the same sorts of books. Continue Reading »

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Clematis vitalba or old man’s beard beside Blackweir Bridge – I had never noticed how lovely the seeds were before

The other day after lunch with an old friend I decided to walk back from Cardiff city centre to Pontcanna Fields over Blackweir Bridge, as I hadn’t been there for decades. My hour-long ramble started in Bute Park and took me to areas I had sometimes wondered about as I viewed them from the path on the opposite side of the River Taff. Continue Reading »

Here is another selection of tree news articles from around the world. Click on each of the pictures if you would like to read the full stories.

What does a gorilla want with a Christmas tree in January?

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Unused Christmas trees are donated to the Toronto Zoo for the animals to play with, says the Toronto Star…

Tribute to iconic tunnel tree sequoia

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A personal tribute to the tunnel tree sequoia, fallen in a storm in California, from a writer on the New Yorker…


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