The Power of Curiosity

Are there times when you have set your heart on something, feeling relieved knowing that a choice has been made? When I made the decision to specialise in trees, I thought to myself, 'Great! I can finally settle on one thing and not try to do everything'. Alas that has not happened, though much to... Continue Reading →

Don’t Let Your Mind Grind You Down

It was a tough day yesterday, a very physical work day that had left me in complete exhaustion.  Interspersed in all of that was news that I hadn’t done very well in a trial project report which I’ve been trying to deliver. I’ve had a really busy few weeks of site surveys, cramming data, learning... Continue Reading →

Starting Point

When I posted my first Instagram image for @inalandofgiants.blog on the 30th of October 2020, never would I have imagined how positive the response would be! I think most people relate to trees and the people who spend time with trees. There is something quite alluring about seeing a tree in its natural surroundings and... Continue Reading →

Into the Wilderness

The wild and the boldTrapped in between the formedthoughts and actions of the worldThe wild need escapeCasting their senses upon their enemiesThey bolt amongst the impending doomof restraints as they close inThe wild start to tunnelTracking a path through the woodsThe wild run and don't look backOnly having trustin the company of treesBlinded by the... Continue Reading →

I See You Trees

Lately I have been looking at trees a lot. Somehow I find myself unable to get away from trees - never a bad thing of course as I love them - but they seem to be appearing everywhere. Especially 'special' ones that have made an impression on me. Imagine if you were working as a... Continue Reading →

‘Higher’ Education

I am definitely one for sharing and exchanging skills or knowledge. My friend Sam and I decided to do another spot of climbing the other day after we finished a woodland site survey. Sam reckons he has much to learn from me in terms of woodland management, ancient and veteran trees, etc. but I have... Continue Reading →

The Value of Being a Learner

I'm going to get my thoughts out this very moment when I'm just a little bit heartbroken. Of course you can say that when one is disappointed it can make them do impulsive things. Like write a blog post maybe? Unfortunately that isn't entirely my frame of mind right now. I'm more interested in exploring... Continue Reading →

Helping Hands

When an idea or feeling creeps up on you, it is almost impossible to ignore. This was what happened about six years ago, when I had been caning the David Attenborough BBC documentaries, watching one series after another - reminiscing with the gorgeous imagery of coral reefs, lush rainforests and mountains - and really missing... Continue Reading →

Reflections

One of my favourite spots to go and contemplate in is my local woodland reserve. I remember how I was feeling on this day a few years ago. I was at a crossroads in my career, having been through a few setbacks despite knowing deep down that I was good enough for progression but just... Continue Reading →

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