The grey squirrel is perhaps one of the most commonly seen of British mammals being highly visible in parks, gardens and woodlands. This, in combination with its large eyes and bushy tail, often make it an attractive and popular animal in the public eye. Grey squirrels are, however, a serious
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
Planting more of the same ‘native woodlands’ that now litter the English countryside with little more ambition in their creation and management than a membership publicity drive or community engagement excercise, will be regretted long after the PR-masters behind them have past. In their own way, these are as regrettable as the dark satanic rows of conifers that were planted sixty years ago.
If we continue to plant green fuzz across our food-producing fields, with little concern either for the impending need to be more self-sufficient in food production, or for the need to reduce our enormous reliance on timber imports, Britain’s environmental credibility will be increasingly undermined.
Many people are interested in how big a tree’s crown will grow. It can be important in planning gardens, managing street trees, forest silviculture and in assessing the health of ancient trees. Estimating tree height is very imprecise as it is dependent on so many different factors. However, I wrote
Here in the south of Britain we’ve experienced our first substantial rain for many weeks, following the driest April and May since meteorological records began. During a particularly heavy shower while I was in the woods today, I took shelter under a beautiful sycamore tree. Looking up I discovered that
“Walnut is without the question the most beautiful wood on earth, ranging from the colour of honey to the rich depth of chocolate-brown, often marked with smoky swirls and streaks of pigment from dark brown to black. The grain can be perfectly straight, elegantly swept, or a festival of waves,
Thanks to the amazing tools from Google Translate, I now offer built-in automatic translation of www.GabrielHemery.com in no less than 37 languages; from Albanian to Welsh. I hope that this broadens the international readership of my blog by appealing to more non-native English speakers. If I’ve missed a language please
The Oak Processionary Moth is a serious pest, not only for oak trees but also for human health …
Horticulturists are well aware of the terrible impact of frost on fruiting trees. In forestry we’ve taken longer to get serious about frost …
Here are two useful daily forecasts for pollen levels in the UK.