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Turkish hazels in front of the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay

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Perhaps I should have left it until February to launch my tree following for 2020, as there is nothing new to report since my first bulletin in January.

The Turkish hazel or Turkish filbert (Corylus colurna) trees in Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay, are still dormant.

There has been one change – the small, strange metal sculpture of a Boudica character shown last time among the trees has disappeared as quickly as it appeared.

Here are my photographs from February 5. (more…)

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Dead beech leaves and buds ready to sprout in February 2020

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The tree-following link box has now closed for another month.

I find it hard to believe that one month of the new year has already gone. Although the weather is still very changeable here in South Wales, on a clear day I can feel that spring is on its way and in fact I did find myself spring cleaning, decluttering and putting some seed potatoes to chit on my window ledge at the weekend.

You will find everyone’s updates below, so enjoy exploring…

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince – the first green

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – Fagus sylvatica in Lews Castle grounds

Erika Groth in Sweden – tree in the snow – possibly Salix

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s white oak in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s plum tree

Pat – Squirrelbasket – Cardiff, Wales – Turkish hazel in Roald Dahl Plass

JayP – Amblings around Penwith (Cornwall) – Cornus kousa

Hollis – In the Company of Plants and Rocks – Laramie, Wyoming – trees in LaBonte Park

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here.

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed in February. Why not join us? You could start looking for a tree to observe at any time of year, but between now and spring is usually a good time. Just point us to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box published on the 7th of each month and lasting for a week. Although we all try to publish every month, we are very forgiving if you post less often.

See you next month…

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Here is my first round-up of tree news articles from around the world in 2020. Click on each of the pictures if you would like to read the full stories.

Giant tribute to green activists

A eucalyptus tree in Tasmania has been named after Greta Thunberg, reports SBS News…

All hands to the pruning of giant yew

Volunteers took part in the annual prune of the Great Yew at the National Trust’s Shugborough Estate in Staffordshire, reports the Express and Star…

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The twigs on the right belong to my latest subject for tree following, in Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay

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Well here we are again – a new year and a need to find a new tree to follow in 2020. I think I decided a couple of months ago, despite the fact that I am breaking all my own “rules” and once more going for a group of trees rather than a magnificent solo tree (I had such good intentions when I first followed a tree in 2014 – here)…

I have been interested in these trees in Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay, since I noticed the fruits for the first time in autumn and managed to identify the species – Turkish hazel or Turkish filbert (Corylus colurna).

Clearly it’s not native here but this public space seems to be full of them. They have interesting catkins in spring and nuts in autumn so I am looking forward to taking more notice of these street tree specimens throughout 2020. (more…)

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Bare white tree trunks near the Red Dragon Centre in Cardiff Bay in January

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The tree-following link box has now closed for another month.

As we begin 2020 here in South Wales the weather continues to be changeable, sometimes cold and dry and at other times milder and wetter. The hours of daylight do seem to be getting slightly longer, although only by a few minutes a day.

You will find everyone’s updates below, so enjoy exploring…

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince – they sleep

Erika Groth in Sweden – a new tree to follow (maybe)

Flighty’s Plot – Liz’s white oak in Lexington, Kentucky, and Mike’s plum tree

Hollis – In the Company of Plants and Rocks – maybe a maple at the University of Wyoming

Pat – Squirrelbasket – Cardiff, Wales – new year, new species

Andrew – Kind Hearts and Corydalis – Oliver the oak

JayP – Amblings around Penwith (Cornwall) – a flowering dogwood – or two

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – possibly a poplar

If you are new to tree following, read all about the idea here.

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed throughout 2019. Why not join us in 2020? You could start looking for a tree to observe at any time of year, but between now and spring is usually a good time.

Just point us to any tree-related post you would like to share, using the link box published on the 7th of each month and lasting for a week. Although we all try to publish every month, we are very forgiving if you post less often.

See you next month…

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Here is my final round-up of tree news articles from around the world in 2019. Click on each of the pictures if you would like to read the full stories.

Frankincense trees are being tapped out

The National Geographic reports on a threat to supplies of fragrant Frankincense resin in Somaliland…

Appeal supports tree eco-therapy

As part of Trees for Life’s Rewild and Recover programme, refugees as well as people coping with poor mental health or homelessness can plant native saplings, helping the charity to rewild 10,000 acres of the Highlands. This is one of the charities supported by a Guardian appeal…

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The London plane of Mermaid Quay in December

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As the year comes to its end I have to say goodbye to the London plane tree (Platanus × hispanica or Platanus × acerifolia) in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay, that I have followed through the months of 2019.

I include some pictures from earlier in the year in this post, after my December observations.

The last month has been cold or wet or windy and sometimes all three, and we have had one or two overnight frosts and a couple of foggy starts to the day. I caught a crisp, sunny spell on my visit to take the latest pictures. (more…)

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