What’s been happening for the Monkey Map in May? Well…
A lovely tree in Altrincham – WA8 – spotted by Steph and came to me via a newly appointed ‘agent’, Agent Conduit. She has this name as she’s been brilliant at telling people all about the monkey map project, a very effective ‘conduit’. Welcome Agent Conduit, and keep up the good work!
I had a trip to Kent recently – partly inspired by Bridgette Ashton’s collection of monkey puzzle trees. I’d spent so long mapping them I was intrigued by the area from ‘visiting’ it on Google. I spent the weekend in Whitstable with my friend Sue, who recently sent me the lovely tree at Sturry Lakes (a monster) – CT41 – it is located in some woodland and I would love to know its history and how it came to be planted there.
So I am now familiar with Whitstable, Seasalter, Tankerton, Herne Bay and the Oare marshes. I also had a trip over to the Isle of Sheppey, across the amazing bridge.
A good time was had, and I loved exploring the area, but I only found one new monkey – obviously Bridgette has done a thorough job in that part of Kent! This one was in the garden on the High Street in Teynham, ME28.
However, I then planned my return trip to Liverpool with a stop at Bradgate Park in Leicestershire – which proved to be very worthwhile and I will be reporting those finds separately.
Back at ‘monkey central’ I’ve been receiving trees from all over. Agent Green’s recent finds are HA2 in Ruislip, and also WD6 and WD7 (catalogued but photos to follow). Agent Green also spotted a clutch of very young monkey puzzle trees – in planters outside a restaurant, used as ornaments. – you can see his blog post here. After consideration I suggested that these aren’t actually adding to the catalogue as they can’t possibly be in a final planting place, but of interest to the monkey puzzle fan.
Agent Jane has another one for the L collection – in Lingfield Grove L111.
I was contacted by Amanda in ‘L’ and she sent me photos of two trees, L109 on Speke Road, and the lovely young monkey in Woolton Woods, also called Camp Hill, I’d catalogued this already as L92. Thanks Amanda, I have added your photos to the catalogue, nice to hear from a monkey fan in my area.
Amanda also sent me a lovely collection of photos of the 13 trees at Allerton Cemetery, and this is one of her photos:
And she also notified me of an ‘ex-monkey’ in Little Sutton, which is much missed by her mum, and I’ve included that in the catalogue CH-X2 but not counted it in the total number of trees. It appears as a grey dot on the map:
Over in Leeds Steve Hoey has joined the hunt – and sent me a first, a fire station monkey! LS34.
Following mention of this project in the Guardian the other week, I’ve continued to receive a flow of monkeys to my inbox. Barrie Roberts in Southampton started off by sending me two, but ending up finding another eight! These are in and around Southampton and Hampshire. A fine pair in neighbouring houses in Shirley Road SO1 and SO2, SO3 in Landguard Road, another pair SO4 and SO5 on Northam Road – a small one and larger one:
And there’s more – SO6 at Botley Cemetery, SO7 at the aptly named Monkey Puzzle Court in Littleton, SO8 in Lyndhurst, SO9 on Melrose Road in Shirley, and SO10 on Osborne Road South. And BH8 and BH9 in the New Forest. Good work Barrie!
Kyung Lim sent me a photo of their front garden monkey in Longstanton, in postcode area CB24 north of Cambridge – catalogued as CB4. Kyung says:
We moved into this home about 6 months ago from having lived in California for 20+yrs. My neighbour tells me that the former owners of this home have planted the tree about 17 yrs ago – it’s sitting beautifully right in the middle of our front garden. We’ve been enjoying the ever green monkey puzzle tree ever since last winter and we love it!
A well loved and appreciated monkey – thanks Kyung.
And indefatigable monkey hunters Agent Philip who is ably assisted by Lindsey continue to add trees. CW33 next door to Okells garden centre, CW34 and CW35 in Tarporley. Love the photo of CW34 with the donkey who got in on the shot.
On their ‘home’ patch, Agent Philip found CH113 in Caldy Lane, and Agent Philip’s sister Anita has been competing – and found one in Oxton, CH114. They both found two in Noctorum, CH115 and CH116. Good work – although SY is still ahead with 117 trees. Anita has also been to Cornwall and found several in Falmouth – four trees, TR3 to TR6, next to Gyllyngvase beach, and TR7 at St Mylor Church, and then another three TR8, TR9 and TR10 at Trelissick gardens. TR10 is in a particularly lovely location surrounded by bluebells.
We’ve decided here at monkey central that Anita is doing so well that she should now receive her ‘Agent’ status. So, welcome Agent Anita.
Sophie Leguil has been up in Scotland and spotted several on the Isle of Bute – she posted this lovely tree (one of a pair, the branches of the other one are just visible to the right), in Rothesay, PA4 and PA5.
Sophie also found another on Bute PA6, and a ‘cousin’ of the monkey puzzle tree in the surviving Victorian fernery at Ascogg Hall on Bute.
And then in Benmore Botanic Gardens found these:
I can count 14 on this photo – but there could be up to 100, I’m waiting to hear. I’ve also been told that some of these monkey puzzle trees are actually of ‘wild provenance’, which means they are from seed from native trees in Chile, some of which will have been destroyed recently by fire. So it’s a good example of conservation work.
Scottish monkeys are doing well, here’s a lovely tree AB2 in Castle Fraser Estate next to an equally lovely copper beech, from Liz Horton on Twitter. Thanks Liz!
And a couple of international monkeys – we have one in Vancouver from Lincoln Graves sent in my Agent Philip.
And five (and possibly more) in this avenue of Wellingtonias and Monkey Puzzles at Wellington College in New Zealand, from Sandy Knapp on Twitter.
And our final international monkey is in East Hampton from gardener Rock Mastrangelo on Twitter who says they do sometimes use the monkey puzzle as a specimen tree.
And, finally, those lovely little dogs up in Scotland – Edwin and Hubble – have been keeping their owner on her toes. Another for the DD catalogue, DD21, and a great find in Stornaway on the Isle of Lewis, another first for ‘HS’, this is HS1. This is currently our most northern monkey. Good work.
So, all in all, I think May’s been an excellent month. This update has added another 75 monkeys, bringing the catalogue up to 1,251. Good work everyone.
This ‘Monkey Map’ project is a personal project and the work of me, Sarah Horton. I am helped by my task of cataloguing all monkeys by keen monkey puzzle hunters who also do this in their free time. It is a work of personal passion and brings me great joy. Thank you everyone for your support.