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Fallen horse chestnut in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, in June 2016

This is the story of the life after death of the horse chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum) blown down in Storm Imogen in Early February. It stood in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, and I have been keeping an eye on it all year. (more…)

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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.

Fallen jacaranda at university will be replaced

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When it collapsed last month, the beloved jacaranda of the University of Sydney was publicly mourned by students past and present, but now it will be replaced, says the Sydney Morning Herald…

HS2 rail link ‘will destroy ancient woodland’

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The HS2 rail link will destroy irreplaceable ancient woodland that has been continuously wooded for hundreds of years, says the Telegraph…

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Autumn leaves on the oak tree (Quercus robur) in Cardiff’s Thompson’s Park

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I had hoped by now that the oak tree (Quercus robur) I am following in Cardiff’s Thompson’s Park would be gold all over, but it seems to be one of the last trees to change colour, along with one or two stubborn ash trees (Fraxinus excelsior) I have seen around.

It has been a wonderful autumn for trees in the city this year, as we have had mostly cold and dry weather throughout October. See my other autumn blog posts here.

Most of the following pictures were taken on November 10. (more…)

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Fallen beech leaves (Fagus sylvatica)

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Here we are again with the monthly shout-out to all tree followers. If you are new to tree following, read all about it here.

In the northern hemisphere it is glorious autumn, but if you are in the south it must be spring – an ideal time to choose a tree to follow for a year, so why not join us?

The tree-following link box closed on November 14, but at the bottom of this post you will find links to all the wonderful contributions we received this month… (more…)

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Chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum) in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, on October 25

I usually blog just once a week, but there is so much of golden autumn around at the moment that I can’t help keeping on about it, as it will be over so soon. Here are some recent images from Thompson’s Park in Cardiff, which I have been visiting throughout the year. It’s certainly a time of mellow fruitfulness. (more…)

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Fungus in Cardiff’s Thompson’s Park

I’m a big fan of fungi and took these pictures in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, in August, but I recently revisited, so I’m using that excuse to share them now. I had often seen this fungus, which I always thought was Trametes versicolor, turkeytail, on a tree stump in the park (see my January fungus foray here). But fellow blogger Earthstar tells me it’s giant polypore, Meripilus giganteus. (more…)

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Gorgeous red leaves on a tree in the Sophia Gardens car park in Cardiff on October 20 – probably a member of the cherry family (Prunus)?

I may be wrong, but it seems to me that some autumns are rubbish, damp and brown, and some are sparkling, with crisp days and wonderful colours. I think this is a good year, possibly because we had a couple of weeks of quite cold, dry weather with easterly winds earlier in October. Or maybe I just caught the right moment to look this time, catching the crimsons and golds. (more…)

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