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It's easy to write a nature diary as a countryside-wandering dilletante. It's more difficult when you work in a city, and for a local authority, and the brutal everyday keeps getting in your way.
2018-01-23 10:44
Trees in cities incite strong feelings both for and against them. They offer endless inconvenience as well as ageless beauty, and a tree officer becomes the arbiter in disputes. As a public… Read More
2018-01-11 16:57
The first trees that provided sustained comfort to me were Leyland cypresses. To those who work with trees or have ever had one in their garden this will seem a perverse choice. But the prob… Read More
2017-10-31 08:21
Trees hold, at least in theory, an important place in British culture. They are much romanticised in word and art, mostly as part of the countryside: our ancient woodlands and wood… Read More
2017-09-11 17:48
It’s easy to be gloomy about the future of trees. Disease upon disease upon pest seem to descend upon us. It’s hard to think of a major tree species in the UK not affected by som… Read More
2017-08-21 14:46
There was a light smattering of rain as I cycled into work today. Sometimes this would ruin my mood, but today I quite liked it. Perhaps it was because the sheen of water on the road wasn&rs&hell…Read More
2017-08-15 14:35
I have spent much of the day looking at cemetery trees. In accessible graveyards trees have a kind of double meaning: they act as living memorials but also provide a green landscape through… Read More
2017-07-27 12:48
Today I had to go and look at one of the most attractive trees in the borough, a very impressive Paulownia. It has dropped two branches in recent weeks and a local resident has got very nerv… Read More
2017-06-26 15:27
I’ve had no time to blog for a couple of weeks. I see nobody on Twitter has noticed. Social media does not love you, it only notices you when you perform. I guess I’ll have to ge… Read More
2017-06-05 14:52
Another day, another few lime trees lost. They were pollards, and too small to be defendable, though they had been there a long time. There are no records of how long ago they were planted… Read More
2017-05-31 15:45
A muggy day in London. I wandered slowly down to a narrow street half a mile from the Town Hall. A resident had been complaining repeatedly about the ‘weeds’ at the bottom of the… Read More

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