Photography in the snow

There’s something surreal about exploring the countryside during heavy snow fall. All sounds are muffled and the light takes on an eerie quality. It’s tempting to wait until the snow clouds pass and the sun comes out, but don’t wait . .  brave the cold, put your camera in a waterproof camera bag, and enter… Read More

Fragrant and odiferous trees

Trees are beautiful to the eye but their smell is often overlooked. I don’t mean the obvious showy flowering trees but the hidden olfactory wonders in leaf, bark and seed. Here are my favourite Fragrant trees, and some less popular Odiferous trees. Fragrant trees The fresh needles of the European larch (Larix decidua) in Spring,… Read More

Arboretum and tree collections in Britain

Britain has many wonderful collections of trees in arboretums (arboreta), botanic gardens and country parks.  Many of these are some of the oldest collections in the world.  I’ve created an interactive Google map showing 23 of the finest collections of trees in Britain. Click on the map icons to read more about each collection and… Read More

Sweet chestnut coppice

This week I had the pleasure of visiting Kent – “England’s garden” – famous for its apple, cherry and cobnut growing.  It is also the centre of Britain’s sweet chestnut coppice industry. Sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) was introduced to Britain by the Romans some 2000 years ago.  Its attraction was the nutrious nuts produced every… Read More