Good to hear from regular hunters Agent Philip, Agent Lindsey, Agent Gemma, Agent John in Fife and Agent Millwall MPT. Also a lot of interest and enthusiasm from new people as well in the last month. Hello to:
Lizzy Crawford, who is in north Leeds and whose daughter, age two and a half, is obsessed with monkey puzzle trees and spots them everywhere! Look forward to seeing some of your finds Lizzy, and to welcoming our youngest monkey puzzle hunter!
RNG Herbarium, who sent one in from Reading University, RG6, and the students are going to get recording more there too.
Sue Long, who spotted one on a visit to a chippy in Great Eccleston near Garstang. Yes, any visit for any reason is an opportunity to find a monkey! It’s PR37 and the chippy on the main street is highly recommended too.
Fiona Inches, from the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh who has sent in a couple of lovely trees, in PH at Loch Coire Shubh. Thanks Fiona, I was delighted to receive these trees, PH15 and PH16, as they continue the PH catalogue and all the trees in this postcode area, so far, are lovely mature trees.
Sarah Illingworth, nice to hear from you again (Sarah spotted the first London tree SE1), and she has sent a lovely tree from Leith Hill. And as Leith Hill is the highest point in Surrey this makes RH3 the highest monkey puzzle tree in Surrey – haven’t had that ‘category’ before! Thanks Sarah.
George Smith, from the East region has been in touch with a couple of finds, and two lovely trees at Brodsworth Hall DN8 and DN9. Thank you George. The East region is rather poorly represented in monkey puzzle trees so always good to hear from someone there.
Kim Walker, who’s in Buckinghamshire, and who actually loves monkey puzzle trees, but can’t walk under big ones. (You may recall also Agent C in the Midlands who has a similar phobia, and likes my map as she can see where to avoid). Kim has sent me a lovely tree her dad planted when she was a toddler, I was very pleased to receive this tree as it is the first in postcode area HP (Hemel Hempstead), so thanks Kim. The tree is in the HP7 area of Amersham, and in the catalogue it will appear as HP1. I’m always pleased when we have another postcode area added to the list – of the 121 postcode areas in the UK we now have monkey puzzle trees in 101 of them.
Kim also sent me a photo of a large tree at Langley Park in Iver, Buckinghamshire, SL10, which is catalogued as SL3. So thanks to Kim, look forward to more finds, and here’s one of the lovely photographs of the cobwebs in the tree in Amersham.
Thanks to everyone for your interest. Latest finds in alphabetical order:
BS31 and BS32, a nice pair at Hanham Community Centre in Bristol. Nice to have Agent Gemma in that part of the world!
DN8 and DN9, two lovely mature trees at Brodsworth Hall from George Smith – and check out that carpet bedding!
George also tells me there were eight other smaller trees there too, so I’ve catalogued those as DN10 to DN17.
IP8, another IP find from Agent Millwall MPT out of the usual hunting ground of SE!
KA7, in Largs.
L126, Hillcrest Road, Crosby, peeking over the hedge, thanks to Ronnie for the photo.
L127, Windy Arbor Close, Whiston – spotted by me, in the dark, and found on Google, picture April 2015. (Prompting Ronnie to question how anyone could see such a small tree at night time. Dedication to the task indeed!)
PH15 and PH16, two lovely trees at Loch Coire Shubh, thanks to Fiona Inches.
PH17, in Forteviot from John Young, yes another lovely mature tree in PH!
PR37, Great Eccleston, from Sue Long en route to chippy.
RG6 – at Reading University from Alexander Powell and Alastair Fulham, and the promise of more to come!
RH3, Leith Hill (postcode RH5), Dorking from SJ. Sarah also sent me some information from the local authority planning document which tells us:
Since Victorian times, Leith Hill has been popular place for picnics and day visits. A peculiarity of that period was the plating of individual monkey puzzle trees, which today still have a significant association with the views of Leith Hill.
Well Sarah didn’t find several trees – on this visit – but she did find this ‘little beauty’.
SL3, Langley Park, Iver from Kim Walker.
TW17 – thanks to Agent Gemma, another find at Kew Gardens.
The catalogue is now at 2,378 monkey puzzle trees, with trees in 101 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.