I’ve been inundated with trees lately. Which is good, of course. But I haven’t had time to put them all into the catalogue until now. Thanks to everyone who has been in touch recently – still seem to be feeling ‘The Guardian’ effect, from the lovely mention of my project from Robbie Blackhall-Miles in his article. Thanks Robbie. The overall effect of that is there are now 1,933 trees in the Monkey Map catalogue. So thank you to everyone who are helping me to create this.
In my last post I wrote about my visit to the East Riding, and Matthew Pottage’s lovely garden at Withernsea, which contains a fine monkey puzzle tree planted by young Matthew. I’d also noted another tree a few doors away, and Matthew’s mum very kindly went and photographed that for me. So thanks to Mrs Pottage for HU24.
I also found some more ‘L’ trees, in a rather unexpected way. As I lost my car in a recent accident (fortunately the car was written off and I am slowly recovering myself), I now have to find different ways to get around. These include the usual methods of taxi, bus and train, but also this week – as I returned gently to work – travelling at 20mph in a hearse. I was working one day last week up at Southport crematorium, so got a lift there in the hearse, and spotted four trees on the way in Formby. I was able to find three of them on Google later – L114, L115 and L116. There’s also a small tree in Heathfield Road in Ainsdale, but the Google street view is from 2007 and the tree isn’t visible – but do look out for it if you are in the area.
I’ve heard from a lot of people in the last few weeks. Judith Morrell in Haringey, north London, says they inherited their ‘beautiful special monkey puzzle tree’ 40 years ago when they moved into their house in Vallance Road, now catalogue as N7. Thank you Judith.
Sarah Dodsworth has found two trees in Pheasant Road in Ipswich, they have been catalogued as IP3 and IP4, but am still awaiting photographs. Don’t have many trees in the East area, so was pleased to hear from you Sarah. Thanks.
Through Twitter I was shown this lovely tree from Sparkly Pinchy, who says, ‘One of the nicest I’ve seen, very symmetrical, an honour to have it in our front garden!’ Indeed. It’s in Guildford, GU2.
Angus McInnes in Melbourne told me he’d seen a number of trees during his visit in 2011 in Glasgow, Northern Ireland and mid-Wales. He sent me photos LD3 (already catalogued), but also two more in the area from Google that he’d seen – LD6 and LD7. Angus tells me:
‘In Melbourne formal gardens and public parks here have a great variety of northern hemisphere specimen trees, many around 150 years old. While travelling, the Araucania stuck in my mind as it was nice to see the boot on the other foot for a change. Pity there weren’t more Eucalypts.’
Angus dug out his photos and sent me this tree which is in Victoria Park in Glasgow, G2. (There is also another small tree here, G3, but no photo).
Looking at the location on the satellite image I was curious to know what ‘Fossil Grove’ was.
Well, turns out this is a fossilised grove of prehistoric trees, twice as old as the dinosaurs, and is Glasgow’s most ancient attraction. It was discovered while cutting a path through an old quarry in the 1880s. Workers came across the well-preserved fossil stumps of several trees, or giant club-mosses, in the Carboniferous strata north of the River Clyde. When work was completed on laying out Victoria Park, it was decided to keep the old quarry as a rock garden, and to preserve the stumps in situ by building a shelter.
Photo from The Garden History Society website. Just shows what else you find out when you look for monkey puzzle trees. As Angus is in Melbourne I’m hoping he will be able to add to our international finds, and look forward to hearing more from you Angus.
John Young from Newport on Tay in Fife tells me he has hundreds of photos from Singapore to Scotforth, in Lancashire. He says there are lots in Dundee, Fife and Angus, so look forward to featuring them. For now John sent me a small selection, mostly in DD, but also this lovely photo from Prizet south of Kendal, LA40.
And John thought I’d appreciate this photo of a monkey puzzle outside a funeral director’s office in Lancaster, LA41:
Other additions in ‘DD’, DD25 at Camperdown Park, already got one tree there DD8, . And a very interesting find which is a small grouping of trees at Logie, north of Montrose. Strangely, these trees are just a ‘clump in the middle of nowhere’. As John pointed out, you can see the telltale shadows on the satellite images below, the trees are DD27 – DD41.
Very interesting, thanks John. Also in DD, from Joyce remembered this tree, DD42, from her childhood. It’s in Fintry Terrace, Dundee, and John has a photograph of that.
I”m sure our lovely doglets Edwin and Hubble – who are amazing monkey puzzle tree hunters, yes hard to believe I know – will be delighted to have someone else in their ‘patch’ on the look out! John also sent me some more Scottish trees from Perth and Kinross, PH2 at Tullybaccart, PH3, PH4 and PH5 at Pitcur Castle, and a fine pair PH6 and PH7 in Blairgowrie.
Regular Agent Philip on the Wirral has been busy as usual. He’s continued to grow the ‘CH’ catalogue. Philip’s finds are CH125, a fine specimen with seating.
Newly appointed with Agent status are Agent Doug who is in Swansea but sends me photos from his travels between there and Liverpool. Also Agent Hoey in Leeds, with the ‘LS’ catalogue having crossed the 100 mark and is now at 104 – new finds are LS99, LS100, LS101, LS102, LS103 and LS104, and also DE13 in Matlock. The ‘LS’ catalogue looking very good, thanks Agent Hoey!
Helen Brown told me her grandfather introduced her to monkey puzzles when she was five and that was in Boston cemetery – anyone in that area? She also told me about a pair at The Otter Inn, Colaton Raleigh in Devon. Thanks to Agent Jim who supplied a fine photograph of them. I do like a nice pair of monkey puzzles.
Helen also spotted ‘several’ in the woodland seen from the A30 at Daisy Mount near Ottery St Mary, Agent Jim went straight off and he tracked at least one down, EX67 – perhaps a field visit will be in order at some point. And Agent Jim has continued his stirling work and relentless seeking out trees from his base in Cornwall, covering ‘PL’, ‘TR’ and also ‘EX’. Agent Jim has really got the ‘PL’ catalogue off to a cracking 299 trees! These include the 65 trees at Pencarrow – featured here, Jim has very diligently sent me photographs of all the Pencarrow trees (for the completist). The ‘PL’ catalogue also includes the ‘forest’ of monkey puzzles at Eden, PL110 to PL251. They were featured recently here in this post, and Jim sent some lovely blue sky photographs.
Jim then sent in a clutch of trees PL252, PL253 in Liskeard, PL254 near Lostwithiel, PL255 in St Austell, PL256, PL257, PL258 in St Teath, PL259 and PL260 in Launceston, PL261 and PL262 at Holmleigh, PL263 in Lostwithiel, PL264 near Tregrehan, PL265 and PL266 in Saint Blazey. A clutch of trees at Tregrehan Garden PL267 to PL293, and five at the Boconnoc estate PL294, PL295, PL296, PL297 and a young tree PL298, the first four are in a rather sorry state having been buried under a mass or rhododendrons for years, and PL299 in St Austell. Yes Jim certainly gets around! And thanks to Dave Jones on Twitter ‘PL’ reached 300 – with PL300 in Saltash.
And there’s more from Jim. PL301 at St Ann’s Chapel. He then set forth on his bike ‘in the mizzle’ to find PL302 and PL303 in Callington, PL304 and PL305 near Tavistock, and PL306 in Tavistock. Two lovely trees in Tavistock Cemetery – PL307 and PL308 – the cemetery was opened in 1882 so Jim says the trees probably date from then:
More finds in ‘PL’ are PL314 in Penwithick, PL315 and PL316 in the ‘suburbs’ of St Austell. Phew. And Jim didn’t stop there! He also moved across to ‘TR’ with the following – TR11 at Probus, TR12 at Tresillian, TR13 in Trelissick gardens (in addition to the three already catalogued there), TR14 in Tregony village and a lovely churchyard tree at St Just TR15.
There’s another clutch of trees in ‘PL’, as Jim said, this lot took him to some out of the way places. They are PL317 in Carkeel, PL318 at Victoria Gardens in Saltash, PL319 in Callington, PL320 and PL321 around Kelly Bray, PL322 in Rilla Mill, and PL323 at Crow’s Nest (yes, that’s the name of the village, and also the pub there too). So ‘PL’ and ‘TR’ looking very well covered now:
And Jim also achieved his objective as being ‘the Agent to bag Bicton’. There is an avenue of monkey puzzle trees at Bicton in ‘EX’, Agent Jim has been and counted 63 trees. Excellent work all round Jim!
The ‘EX’ catalogue is now at 67. Bicton is a fantastic example of an avenue of trees. Helen Brown and John Young had both told me about the avenue there. John has sent me photos of the avenue at Castle Kennedy in Dumfries and Galloway.
Just one international find from Amanda Lee Harrison in Portland, Oregon. The location of the tree is at NE Prescott and 6th, which was spotted by Agent Philip on Twitter as part of a #Pedalapooza biking event.
Amanda, we are short of international representation here so please get involved! We’d love to get more ‘OR’ monkey puzzle trees on the map! As you can see – we’ve only got two in Portland.
Finally, David Archer in Kerry, near Newton in mid-Wales wrote to me about growing monkey puzzle trees from seed. He also told me there are several locally, and I look forward to featuring them. He also informed me of a monkey puzzle tree that has cones of both sexes – the only one known of, in Mrs Trost’s garden at Woodhouse Eaves in Leicestershire and yields fertile seed. (from ‘Trees of Britain’ by Alan Mitchell). As for growing from seed, Agent Philip posted a link to a video – link HERE – from Lyn in Ireland who has successfully germinated about a dozen monkey puzzle seeds, and so I include the link if it is of interest to anyone who fancies growing their own.
Even as I’ve been finishing this update, more emails and tweets have been arriving with trees for the catalogue. So – for now – the catalogue is at 1,933, which I think you’ll agree is ‘nearly 2,000’.
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.