• Tree vandalism in Hereford city

    Yes folks, sad to relate, there has been some rampant tree vandalism going down in Hereford city and, even sadder to relate, the people responsible for it are an organisation called Hereford BID (that's Business Improvement District), who are supposedly there to improve all aspects of the city centre.

    A dozen ginkgoes planted in Eign Gate about 12-15 years back were, at the time, a refreshing embellishment to an otherwise dour shopping street lacking any other traces of greenery. Sadly, as young trees, some were vandalised by idiots and to try and reduce the likelihood of this happening again the Council encased the trees in metal guards. Not the most attractive addition, but if they gave the trees a chance to really get going then so be it. In recent times the trees had all been putting on good growth and made the street an altogether more pleasant environment.

    Then, recently, without so much as a by-your-leave to the Council, the Hereford Bid decided to hack them all back to six feet high - making them ginkgo 'bushes' trapped in cages. The reason, I discovered last week, was because they were obscuring the sweep of the CCTV cameras. So the big brother paranoia of antisocial behaviour overrides the need for greening our city. Could the cameras not be moved? Were absolutely all the trees in the way? Even the tree people at the Council were furious, but the deed is done now. Shame on Hereford BID.

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  • Upcoming Yew talk at 'Life Death Whatever'

    Thought some of you, particularly around the metropolis, might like to know of an illustrated talk on the yew tree that I'm giving on 20th October as part of an exhibition called 'Life Death Whatever' at Sutton House in Hackney, East London. I also have some of my yew images in the exhibition which includes a remarkably eclectic assemblage of artwork.

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  • Green carpet moth - it's common apparently

    We have a pretty good array of moths coming and going at Hill House Farm, but although I am sure they've been around us all the time I can't say I've ever spotted this one before. It's called the Green carpet and once you get close up you can really appreciate the beauty and intricacy of its stunning wings. It is less than one inch across & simply fluttered on to the old bricks on the path at my feet, and since the book tells me that not only is it common, but that the green colour of the wings often fades soon after emerging I'm assuming this one was drying its wings after having just emerged. Ok, it is common, but it is still a stunner.

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  • Natural High

    Monday morning - 8a.m. finds me and my brother Simon scrambling up the western ridge of Great Gable in The Lake District. What a mountain. What a day. What a view.

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  • Cloud gazing

    Sometimes words are superfluous.... so I'll just show you a picture that made me run for the camera tonight.

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