Thanks everyone for your latest finds. Agent John in Fife has excelled himself and sent me a ‘substantial’ amount of photos from his collection over the last few years – our team here at Monkey Map (me!) is still working on cataloguing them, but they will be featured here soon, thanks John. In the meantime I will share one of John’s monkey puzzle related photos which is a fossilised monkey puzzle tree, and John says, ‘it was probably was grazed by a diplodocus….’
Other finds in alphabetical order:
BR10 – a ‘mighty fine tree’ from Theresa Thompson on Twitter, a beauty indeed.
CH144 – a bifurcated tree in Helsby, from diligent Agent Philip, who has also been up to the north east and sent some NE trees too.
EH13 – another beautiful tree from Ann Street in her garden in Calder Road, Livingston, Edinburgh EH54. Thank you Ann. She told me:
“We have a magnificent MPT in our garden. It is about 30 years old and I was given it in a pot when it was a couple of feet high. I planted it in our garden and it has been moved twice, the last time perhaps 20 years ago. I remember it having a smallish root ball and one very long (about 6 feet) root which I dug a trench for. It has survived on the admiration is gets from all who see it ever since. It is dead straight and very even and and it must be about 20 feet tall now. I don’t think I have ever seen one as straight and even as ours. It is a beautiful tree.”
EX68 to EX110 – a lovely avenue of trees at Arlington Court. These were reported by Robin, and he counted 42 trees here in the avenue. This photograph is from Geograph, thanks to Derek Harper for the photo, on Geograph here.
Funnily enough in the next few days two other people told me about these – Pam Ley of Combe Martin History Forum – and also Ann Hyde. Thank you both. Pam also posted a link to my MPT project in the Combe Martin History Forum, and several people listed trees there:
Of these, the only two I could find from Google are Chapel Lane – EX111 – and Jose’s Lane – EX112 – and they are catalogued now, so thank you for those. I don’t have many trees in this area so would love to hear from anyone who’d like to do some hunting there!
Also in EX, Philippa Shone told me there is a tree in North Devon District Hospital, this isn’t visible on Google, so I have written to the hospital, but if anyone is in that area, I would appreciate a photo.
L124 – yes, this tree is growing in the next road to where I live! I wonder how many times I’ve walked past this?
L125 – a tree happily growing among the potatoes at Thingwall Road Allotments – spotted by The Newman Agents, my neighbours in Liverpool, and currently our youngest hunters, they are both under ten. (They also spotted the first tree at Monkey World whilst on holiday in Dorset – post here). Well done!
LA18 – not a new monkey, but notification of a felled monkey. This lovely 110 year old monkey puzzle tree at Brockholes was an inspiration to young Matthew Pottage, a self-confessed conifer addict – I wrote about young Matthew’s collection of trees from growing up in Hull, and also further afield, his trees added considerably to the Monkey Map. The tree at Brockholes was cut down in 2012, the story is here, as it ‘detracted from the view the Edwardian gardener wanted to preserve’. As Agent John in Fife pointed out – they didn’t have car park on original vision either did they? (A note on felled trees – if a tree has been catalogued it retains its number and is included in the overall total on the catalogue. If I get details of a felled or dead tree, I will catalogue it using ‘X’, but it doesn’t add to overall numbers.)
And here is an ‘ex-monkey’ from Agent Philip who has been up in the north east, and remembers this tree as a ‘feature’ at these crossroads. Sadly no more.
SE25 – a lovely infant at Styles House in Hatfield from Agent Millwall MPT.
And more from ‘SE’ from David Noakes and Philip Govier, thanks to Agent Millwall MPT for making the connection through Twitter. SE26, SE27, SE28 and SE29 in South Camberwell, or #SoCam I think that is! Stephen tells me that ‘a guy in Peckham sold them 32 years ago’, so we look forward to seeing more of them. Thank you David and Stephen.
SN2 to SN41 -this is a row of 40 trees at Buscot Park near Faringdon, spotted by Robin, he says they are newly planted ranging in height from 10cm to 1m, thanks Robin for the photos, and look forward to more of your finds.
SY127 – this lovely tree was mentioned on the last roundup, it’s on an estate at The Quinta just outside Weston Rhyn from Sarah Burden who is going to try and propagate the seeds.
And to finish this update, a few international finds.
NZ7 to NZ11 – Auckland Botanic Gardens from Jesse Grayman on Twitter, five trees here.
And to finish, here’s Sara Oldfield meeting her first ‘wild’ monkey puzzle tree, and we’ll be featuring her other finds here soon.
The catalogue is now at 2,254 monkey puzzle trees, with trees in 100 different postcode areas in the UK (there are 121 in total) and international finds. So, thanks everyone for sending in your finds 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.