It’s thanks to diligent and dedicated folk – like Philip and Lindsey pictured here – that the monkey map catalogue has now reached 2,041! So we’ve easily crossed 2,000 now and the catalogue only crossed 1,000 just four months ago back in April. This includes the great Portland and OR finds of 69 trees from Gail which I featured in the last post – here. I just wanted to thank everyone for your continued commitment to spotting monkey puzzle trees, taking a photograph and sending them to me with a location.
Agent Philip, ably assisted by Agent Lindsey, has sent recent finds from the Wirral – CH132 in Heswall, CH133 and CH134 in Neston , CH135 in Heswall, CH136 and CH137 in Rocky Bank Road, CH138 in New Brighton, , and a lovely find CH139 at Ness nestling among the Wollemi trees there:
And finally – for now of course – CH140 in Heswall, and also further afield LA42 on the way up to Gresgarth Hall. (I’m sure Agent Philip will be pleased to note that CH now has 140 trees, which is more trees than SY at 126 and L at 120 – although not more than PL where Agent Jim has been doing sterling work).
Talking of pairs Agent Doug, who is from Liverpool but now in Swansea, sent a number of trees from a recent trip to Ireland, including this fine pair in Cookstown, which are our first in the postcode area of BT – BT1 and BT2:
As I reported in my last post, Doug noted plenty of trees around Omagh, Strabane and Derry, so we’d love to find someone in that area to look for monkeys. Whilst in Ireland Doug also found IE6 in Donegal, and IE7 at a lovely place called ‘The Sanctuary’, and tells me he’s training his son in MPT identification!
John Young in Fife sent a clutch of photos from LA, DD, DG and PH – I featured his first selection on a previous post here. His finds include the splendid avenue at Castle Kennedy in near Stranraer. I love avenues of trees and discover that at these gardens:
At least eight avenues of single species trees were planted in the isthmus in the mid-19th Century. They include avenues of monkey puzzle trees (planted in 1849), noble firs, beeches, evergreen oaks, Monterey cypress, hollies, Cordyline australis and Thuja plicata – providing majestic corridors of shade.
I find this really fascinating – having the space and grounds to plant a whole avenue of trees. Here are the trees at Castle Kennedy, DG2-DG41. (I have estimated there are 40 trees, if you have an accurate count please let me know):
John commented how it was interesting that the water lilies appear to also follow the line of the avenue in this photograph.
It turns out John was actually involved in planting some of the monkey puzzle trees in DD that we’ve catalogued. They are DD10 and DD11 in Victoria Park, which John tells me is also known locally as Balgay Park. My canine friends in Scotland were delighted to find more Scottish representation.
This was followed by a tree in Kirkcaldy KY1, a first for KY. John says that the monkey map shows ‘a desert in Fife’ and is going to make sure that is corrected. John also sent some more in PH, PH8 and another fine pair PH9 and PH10:
John tells me there’s also a nice avenue in Dundee at Harefield road where it joins A923 – I can’t see it on Google satellite, but John says he has photos. He thinks it may have been part of the garden of a mansion which still stands in the area, with public housing being built in the grounds.
Agents Hubble and Edwin (the canines) have obviously taken their owners off to Aran and sent some trees from there. In the grounds of Brodick Castle KA3 and KA4, outside Arran Aromatics KA5 and north of Brodick KA6. Good work doglets.
Agent Jim’s finds down in PL and EX have slowed down – he’s managed to get the PL catalogue to 324 and EX to 67 in a very short space of time. Just one from St Germans, PL324, and another in Winterbourne Abbas, DT1, another new postcode area. I do also have a growing catalogue of Araucaria relatives from Jim that I will feature at some point. Jim’s also been to Monkey World in Devon, but their monkey puzzle trees have been catalogue already – by Agent Green, who I happen to know is particularly fond of this place, and Jim sent me a lovely monkey pic from there.
And a PR tree from Colin Thornton who says he remembers this one from his childhood, PR34. There are in fact a few in this area, but I’d missed this one, so thanks Colin.
I found a L tree, having found that walking rather than driving seems to be a good way to see things differently – L117 in Blundellsands. (L118 is featured above, and L119 is still being check, it’s in Huyton). Agent Jane, in Liverpool, spotted this in an estate agent details – it’s a backyard monkey so that was well spotted, L120:
So – thanks to all you monkey puzzle hunters out there – and remember, keep your eyes peeled!
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.