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 →

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 →

Mean Hands, Mean Work

I looked at my hands this week and I didn't expect anything less. A few days spent in the relentless winter rain and cold - albeit in the woods - made me realise what I'd got myself into during the hardest of seasons. However I was relieved to have that filth and cragginess on my... 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 →

Snapshots

It has been an interesting week for this tiny lady. Through somewhat brisk (and snotty) conditions, I have managed to clock a few steps this week. Back-breakingly searching through long molinia grass on the moors for signs of harvest mice has definitely contributed to it. What people don't realise, is that my step count is... Continue Reading →

Conflict or Consciousness

My sensible and logical mind refuses to use the word 'vs' in my blog title, as I think that sets too much of an aggressive tone. If there is any fighting it will only be in our minds. Through my life I've been quite conscious of how my mind works. Though it may struggle at... Continue Reading →

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