Archive for the ‘Trees’ Category

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.

Poems for the International Day of Forests


For the International Day of Forests on March 21, The Metro published some poems and images of trees…

Mapped: Countries with the most trees


Also coinciding with the International Day of Forests is this detailed survey of the countries with most trees, reported in the Telegraph…


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Red flowers on the 100 elms Ulmus ‘New Horizon’ in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff


As I mentioned last month, this year I am following an avenue of 100 disease-resistant elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff. I visited on February 24 and was delighted to see there were plenty of little red flowers. They are apetalous – they have no petals – as they are wind pollinated and don’t need to be attractive to insects.

The flowers have both male and female structures (stamens and carpels), so they are hermaphroditic (other words are androgynous, monoclinous, synoecious). (more…)

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A big branch was stripped from this horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff, in late February

It must be the time of year – in February 2016 Storm Imogen felled a couple of trees in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff (see my blog post here), and this time Storm Doris brought the strong winds – although luckily we did not have it as bad here in South Wales as those in the north of the country.

However, we did have some small tree losses and this horse chestnut in Llandaff Fields lost a big bough. (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.

Opposition to Scottish tree-planting scheme


Gamekeepers and mountaineers oppose a major tree-planting plan, says the Guardian…

– but writer says you can’t have too many trees


In a comment piece, Patrick Barkham disagrees with the opponents of the Scottish tree planting…


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At first these were mystery trees…


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. (more…)

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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…


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… (more…)

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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. (more…)

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