I came across this monkey puzzle by accident. A washed out camping trip to Coniston forced us to pack up and we retreated to the coast to explore this lovely Georgian town which is on the edge of Cumbria. (Ronnie wrote about our camping adventures in a post here). It was somewhere I’d never been to before and Ronnie had dim memories of visiting as a child, so it was a new place to explore – and it was a delightful place.
From its picturesque train station with views across the Cumbrian estuary, a community orchard, to the delightful Hazelmere cafe and bakery (exquisite afternoon tea by the way), it was simply a lovely place.
After exploring the town we then went for a sit in the park and that was where the monkey puzzle was found. This is a lovely tree, and like the tree at Ness Botanic Gardens, the lower branches are retained. A splendid specimen indeed.