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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.
2018-08-02 11:29
There is no more depressing sight to a tree officer than a line of dead young trees. Actually there is something more depressing than that: a bundle of ‘evidence’ from an insuran… Read More
2018-07-19 15:21
A recent trip to a part of the UK where trees grow poorly or not at all – Cursed! Cursed soil! – led me to thinking about nature as an experience, and how it plays a part in mode… Read More
2018-07-05 14:10
I have had a few weeks of stress and tiredness. As a result the working day has been completed on autopilot. Tree, not falling over = fine. Next tree – annoying somebody => prune. A… Read More
2018-05-04 13:40
Of late the seasons have been stoking my trust issues. As someone who works outside I know that climatically the south east of England is not very rainy, even in winter (check it out compare… Read More
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

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