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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.

The Great Bear rainforest is a model for how to save trees

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The Great Bear forest in Canada is almost 16 million acres and home to thousand-year-old cedar trees and rare species. Here environmentalists and loggers have worked together, says PRI…

Help track down historic, royal mulberries

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The Conservation Foundation is trying to find and survey ancient mulberries in London, says the Telegraph…

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Change and decay in all around I see…

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Here’s my August contribution to the tree following project, which you can read all about here. The August link box is here.

The old pedunculate oak (Quercus Robur) I am following every month in the middle of Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, is changing, and not for the better.

When I visited the other day we had just experienced heavy rain and strong winds.

Even from a distance I could see there was a branch down. (more…)

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The berries are growing but not ripening yet – can anyone identify this small tree for me? It reminds me of something like a Sorbus or a member of the rose family… but thank you to tree follower Karen Gimson, who says it is probably Crataegus prunifolia, which makes sense as its berries are like hawthorn but its leaves are like cherry!

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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.

I know August can be a difficult time to keep up with the tree following, what with holidays and days at the beach. And in some ways trees look as if “nothing is happening”. So I was delighted so many regular followers – and two new ones – took part this month.

The August tree-following link box is now closed, but at the bottom of this post you will find links to all the wonderful contributions we received this month…

In Cardiff it has mainly been a cool summer. We had about three days of “heatwave” but more recently we have had wet and windy weather. (more…)

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The grass grows pink

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Pink grass beside the bridge on the River Taff

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Grasses, Ferns, Mosses and Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland

In June and early July I noticed grass. I suppose it’s there all the time, but it was particularly lush and noticeable around then. So I decided to make a feeble attempt to identify a handful of those I saw. I expect some of you know far more about grasses than I do, so feel free to chip in with the correct identification if I am way out.

I have TRIED to identify all these grasses, mainly using a book I have called Grasses, Ferns, Mosses and Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland by Roger Phillips. It narrows the identification down, but I do have trouble even recognising the same grass in different states of maturity.

In between the sections on the various grasses, I have inserted some “musings” about words related to grass and books with “grass” in the title… (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.

Mystery of the bent trees

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Trunks that veer into a right angle found across the US could be secret Native American trail markers, according to MailOnline…

Mass planting tries to reverse ‘tree cemetery’ of the Monaro

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A huge area of eucalyptus has been killed in New South Wales, but planting is going on to replace them with new habitat, according to Australia’s ABC…

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Sunshine through oak leaves, July 2016

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It’s the height of summer and the pedunculate oak (Quercus Robur) in the middle of Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, is looking remarkably healthy for such an old tree.

Mostly it is one mass of leathery green leaves, so I had to inspect it closely for some time before I found anything to report.

I was eventually pleased to spot a few interesting details as well as taking pictures of the usual “general views”.
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Avenue of horse chestnuts (Aesculus hippocastanum) in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff

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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.

It’s a mixed picture in Cardiff – most trees are at peak summer green-ness and starting to look scruffy, some with disease, others because the leaves have been ripped to shreds by rain and brisk winds.

I wouldn’t be surprised if some more northern trees followed by our friends in Scandinavia are only just flowering.

But here many trees, both native and exotic, are at the fruit/nut/seed stage. (more…)

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