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 →

‘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 →

Ascension

How does it feel to be up in the crown of a tree? "Just climb and you'll find out," I answered myself. And so I did with my friend Sam, a professional arborist. Leading up to this moment, I have been super excited and looking forward to it for days. At this crucial stage, I... Continue Reading →

Like a Flowing River

"Life gets in the way", says a friend of mine. Actually he's not the only person who has openly expressed that sentiment, although I have never really agreed with it. I am aware that I haven't written in a long while; one might say that life did get in the way but for me it's... Continue Reading →

Back To My Trees

Driving towards the wood I was going to be working in, I noticed how the tree canopies on both sides of the road seemed to be welcoming me into their fold. I was excited to be working again with my friend Stuart in his private woodland; it has definitely been awhile since lockdown! We had... Continue Reading →

A New Path

For those of you who had seen my last poem, yes I must admit, it was sad. “Very beautiful, but sad”, as I was told by my close friend. What can I say? It has stemmed from pure, raw feelings. Feelings of frustration and uncertainty that I had been experiencing. Yesterday my ‘very beautiful, but... Continue Reading →

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