I Heartwood ♥️

A special visit occurred last weekend. Acting on a tip-off from a ranger colleague, we followed a red dot on a screenshot map onto a narrow North Molton road, leading us to an inconspicuous triangle. This was where three roads met, and our special visit involved meeting an extraordinary tree. Parked up safely along the... Continue Reading →

Silent as a Feather

I walk In a swirling breeze To the sounds of birds Step through To a sense of peace Feel the earth Feet off Eyes shift Parallel to the soil I look up The earth vibrates Roots seeking out A tree's pathway Finding the essence of life A world invites Silent as a feather Stillness shakes... Continue Reading →

A Lifting Woodland Walk

Last week, lockdown restrictions lifted ever so slightly, which means we can now drive to somewhere for a walk. The first place I really wanted to get out to was my favourite local woodland walk, about a 10-minute drive away. I recall the first time I came across this little gem of a place. I... Continue Reading →

A Leafy Opportunity

When I'm not out walking amongst Nature, I'm buried in books. This week my main focus of study is tree phenology. "Phenology is the study of periodic plant and animal life cycle events and how these are influenced by seasonal and interannual variations in climate, as well as habitat factors (such as elevation)." As winter becomes... Continue Reading →

From Ground to Canopy

Have you ever had the feeling when you're in the right place at the right time, everything just flows? Conversations come naturally, you meet the exact people you need to meet and your thoughts and visualisations take form in the real world. I experienced such a day this week. We were attending a ranger meet... Continue Reading →

Orchard Tree Planting Day

Last Thursday a few of us and some volunteers headed over to our neighbouring estate to plant some fruit trees. The drive over revealed how cold it had been in the night Seeing a decent white dusting over the moors was certainly refreshing as we have been quite disillusioned by the constant rain and dark... Continue Reading →

My Celebration of Trees

Just thought I'd share some of my favourite tree photographs which I have taken so far on this inspirational journey. Trees are such an absolute joy to be around with! 'The General' at Horner Wood, 500 years old An English Oak on the Lanhydrock EstateA lovely old Beech at Coombe Wood in Goodleigh The oldest... Continue Reading →

The Power of Water in a Wood

https://videopress.com/v/BhSwZuFE?autoPlay=true&loop=true&muted=true&persistVolume=false&preloadContent=metadata Water should never be underestimated. Especially after a bad storm. At the beginning of the week, I was out with two of my colleagues on a storm inspection. We had several reports of Storm Dennis' weekend rampage on our estate's trees and found many more unreported casualties. A substantial oak tree completely uprooted My... Continue Reading →

The Touch of Life

Like a stream of blue paint through green The river meanders I take soft, small steps of care My mind already wanders In the woods amongst the trees I pick up my pace As I locate the tree Amongst the trees I race Reaching out with my fingers To connect with life Life pulls me... Continue Reading →

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