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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

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

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

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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…

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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. (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…

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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… (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.

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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Frosted oak leaves on January 3, 2017

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Before I turn my attention to a new tree to follow in 2017, I am looking back with fondness at the old oak (Quercus robur) I have followed throughout 2016 in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff.

I visited again on a frosty day last week but now it’s winter there is not going to be much change until it starts the annual cycle again in spring.

The only new observation was this spent firework from the New Year’s Eve festivities…

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Firework shell under the oak on January 3, 2017

So here is a comparison of how the tree looked as the months passed in 2016. (more…)

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Which tree is waiting for you in 2017? This is a cherry tree in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, pictured this week and tweaked with Photoshop

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The January 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.

I am still trying to decide which tree to follow in 2017 but some people have already chosen a new tree – 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.

This time last year I shared my thoughts on how to choose a tree to follow – so if you are stuck for ideas you might read it here.

In Cardiff it’s the middle of winter and the start of a new year. For me it’s time to say goodbye to the tree I have followed through 2016 before moving on – see a round-up of my old oak’s year here.

Here are this month’s other contributions:

Erika Groth in Sweden has chosen a new tree – a rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland, has also chosen a rowan (Sorbus aucuparia), so it will be interesting to compare

Alison at the Blackberry Garden followed a quince last year – and this year she has bought another to keep it company

Hollis (In the Company of Plants and Rocks) is taking an interest in a sabalites – a fossil palm tree once native to Wyoming

Amy in the Sonoran Desert (A Small Sunny Garden) has chosen a delightful Arizona rosewood (Vauquelinia californica) for 2017

Mike at Flighty’s Plot is now following a dogwood (Cornus), while his friend Liz in Kentucky plans to focus on a tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)

January is quite a thin time for some tree followers, but the choices everyone has made so far are brilliant. Here’s to many more joining us before Spring comes to the Northern hemisphere. And it would be great to have someone from “down South”, too…

Thank you to everyone – see you all again on February 7!

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Robin (Erithacus rubecula) at Dunraven on Christmas Day 2016

When it’s fine on Christmas Day we often go to Dunraven Castle at Southerndown in the Vale of Glamorgan to eat pâté and pickle sandwiches in the walled garden – our main meal of roast beef and Brussels sprouts is in the evening. This year the weather was good, with a cold, brisk wind that kept the cloudy sky interesting. (more…)

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