2,628 monkey puzzle trees!

DD1 'Fluffy' in seasonal outfit

DD1 ‘Fluffy’ in seasonal outfit

Well, that’s all over for another year. Let’s get back to monkey business. This is becoming a huge undertaking, with the catalogue now at 2,628 monkeys. Good work everyone!

BB, one of the responses to Postcode Challenge was this tree BB6 in Rishton, thanks to Darren Sagar.

BB6

BB6

BD, another clutch from Graham in Keighley, so that’s definitely put Keighley on the map. Thanks Graham.

BD map

CH, yes we expect no less from Agent Philip, who calls himself ‘chief monkey spotter in the NW regions’.

CH156, Howbeck Close, Oxton.

CH156

CH156

CH157 in Coral Ridge, Prenton.

CH157

CH157

CO, a belated thank you to Gareth Maskel who sent details of a tree in the ‘CO’ area, which is one of the ‘missing’ postcode areas. I was rather overwhelmed to the response on the Postcode Challenge and couldn’t look for all the addresses at that time on Google – as it’s only me here at ‘Monkey Map’ I do appreciate a photo and map for new finds please. Having had a bit of ‘spare’ time I’ve been able to locate a few of the trees you told me about, and so we now have CO1 in Halstead, thank you Gareth.

CO1

CO1

CT, over in Ramsgate this tree was moved by a firm of garden designers, sadly it didn’t survive the move, but they did replace it with a pot grown specimen, catalogued as CT42. Thanks to Agent Philip for keeping eyes peeled at all times!

CT42

CT42

G, a couple more for Scotland. This lovely tree in the equally lovely named road, Castle Chimmins Road in South Lanarkshire. Photo by Chris Upson, spotted by Agent Philip on Twitter.

G4

G4

And a very fine pair G5 and G6 in Rutherglen, Glasgow. Thanks to Frankie Bradleu.

G5 and G6

G5 and G6

KT, from Sophie Leguil, KT4 spotted due a road diversion!

KT4

KT4

LA, Agent John in Fife covering LA has been busy. The LA catalogue is now at 92 trees…. now this isn’t a competition as you know, but getting our catalogues to 100 trees is a coveted target!  I know my readers like figures, so which catalogues are over 100 trees I hear you ask? Leeds, LS is at 109; Shrewsbury, SY and Liverpool, L are both 127; Chester, CH (Agent Philip’s home patch) is at 157; and way ahead of all of us is Agent Jim in Plymouth, PL at 330.

John’s latest finds are these in LA:

LA88 and LA89 in Haverthwaite, Ulverston.

LA88 and LA89

LA88 and LA89

LA90 near Duddon Bridge.

LA90

LA90

LA91and LA92 in the hamlet called ‘The Hill’, near Millom.

LA91

LA91

LA92

LA92

PR, in Church Road, Leyland, also from John, PR42

PR42

PR42

SM, yup, another first in a ‘missing’ postcode area. Thanks to Agent Philip keeping his eyes peeled on Twitter. This is in the postcode area of Sutton, and I said, ‘Where’s that then?’ South of London….

SM1

This is a photo from Jack Wallington. A very fine tree, SM1.

SM1

SM1

The European catalogue looking very good thanks to Sophie, and I’ll be reporting on those trees in a separate post, thank you Sophie!

Sophie has been sending in lots of trees and also found a number of old postcards featuring her finds, you can see some of those here. Agent Philip has also been hunting images too, and our final image is from him, and he’s found this lovely postcard – for sale here – from Loretto Hall Gardens, Vancouver. I wonder if this tree still exists?

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Loretto Hall Gardens, Vancouver, BC

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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.

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3 thoughts on “2,628 monkey puzzle trees!

  1. Sarah,
    A nice Christmas Blog for us.

    Our Christmas Star must be Jim in Plymouth with his score of 330 for the PL postcode area. That’s huge! Perhaps he has spotted all the MPTs?

    A thought come to mind:

    Let’s say Postcode areas were more or less allocated on the basis of population, and not area, then if we know the number of postcode areas AND we assume that the ratio of Monkeys/people is constant(!) @ 330 MPTs/Postcode area, we can get some idea of the Monkey numbers in the Country. That is 330 X POs.
    Simple? Too simple?

  2. Thank you Andrew.

    Well Jim has been pretty quiet lately so perhaps he has got them all in PL! His catalogue does include Pencarrow (85 trees), so finding large collections like that does obviously boost numbers.

    Interesting comment about people to monkeys ratio – I would doubt it is constant, as I’m sure regional climate variations will mean that some areas will have more trees. But to complete your calculation, there are 121 postcode areas in the UK, so if you are right then that’s nearly 40,000 MPTs… so we’ve got another 37,000 trees to hunt!

  3. Sarah,
    40000 MPTs in the UK?

    Let’s say the population of the UK 60,000,000.

    That’s one MPT per 1500 of the population.

    Let’s say there are about 4 people per household.
    Then that’s about one MPT per 400 households.

    But a lot of households have no gardens.

    To compensate for this absence of gardens, there has to be extra garden households to grow these 40000 MPTs.

    Say 500 garden households.

    Does that feel about right? Too many?

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