Back with another roundup of monkey finds. If you wish to view any of the trees mentioned here you can find them on the Google map – here – just enter the catalogue reference and you’ll be able to find a red dot showing the location and a photograph of the tree. The Google map is made up of layers for different regions, you may not see them all active as I turn off layers when working on the map, so check another time if you don’t see the monkey you are looking for.
Good news on the Google map is that I’ve finally found time to include all the ‘International Monkeys’ on their own layer. There are 27 in total. These include seven in Europe (all recent finds – in Sweden SE1 thanks to Robbie Blackhall-Miles, Italy IT1 and IT2, thanks to Robin Cathcart, and Brussels BE1 to BE4 thanks to Sophie Leguil); and other international monkeys are in Ireland, USA, Canada and New Zealand.
I was delighted to receive the Italian trees from Robin Cathcart in Padua, and I’ve also been told there are some beauties in Tasmania, so look forward to featuring them.
For the UK monkeys we have some lovely additions.
LL24 in Llanddeiniolen from Robbie in Wales.
A lovely ‘SE’ tree spotted also by Robbie on Twitter at Walworth Garden Farm, thanks to Rose Froud for posting.
Our other SE monkeys include the three ‘youngsters’ in Millwall, pictured here enjoying some fresh air on their balcony.
Another clutch from Steve Hoey, in Gargrave BD6, and in his ‘home’ patch of Leeds LS89 to LS92, with LS91 being the ‘biggest I’ve ever seen’!
Just one from CH, over at Claremont Farm, spotted by Karl and sent by Agent Philip.
And thanks to Doug on Twitter for sending this lovely tree at Penllergare, where he says there are ‘at least three’.
The Penllergare estate was an outstanding example of a picturesque, romantic landscape, created for the enjoyment of its owners by John Dillwyn Llewelyn (1810-82). He exploited the natural beauty of the site and created an ornamental park of great variation and mood that he stocked with a rich assortment of trees and shrubs, native and exotic plants – so no surprise it includes monkey puzzle trees, so loved by the Victorians. Look forward to seeing the others.
In Liverpool Agent Jane is still keeping her eyes peeled up in the north of the city, and has sent two more L112 and L113, and has now contributed eight trees to the catalogue.
Agent A (from Liverpool) often sends me EH trees from her visits to her daughter and granddaughter in Edinburgh. She’s found eight in Edinburgh Botanic Gardens. Already had the first one from Ed Mathison – EH4, and two others – EH1 and EH2 from the collection of ‘Matthew’s monkeys’ but I don’t think they are the same ones as these. Here are Agent A’s finds looking lovely with the blue sky.
And another EH from Cathy too in Lennox Row.
And I was delighted to be contacted by Jim Stephens in Cornwall, he sent me a lovely tree near Lostwithiel, but has gone off to get ‘stuck in’ so look forward to more from his area. Cornwall isn’t very well represented on the map, but hopefully Jim will change that.
So we now have 1,368 monkeys in the catalogue. Thanks everyone. Good work.
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.