If you’ve arrived here, my guess is that you’re interesting in monkey puzzle trees. Welcome to Monkey Map. This project is the personal project of me, Sarah Horton.
As of May 2016, my work here at Monkey Map is done.
I live in Liverpool. For nearly the last three years I have made it my mission is to catalogue and map all known monkey puzzle trees. The Monkey Map has been created by me, and I have been helped by my task by keen monkey puzzle hunters who also do this in their free time. It is a work of personal passion and has brought me great joy.
However, after personally cataloguing nearly 4,000 monkey puzzle trees single handedly, I have now come to the conclusion that the work involved is simply too much for me to keep up, and my work on the Monkey Map is done.
If you are interested – this is the structure of the Monkey Map, it is in four parts:
1. This website with blog posts
2. The spreadsheet
1. First there is this website which is how the project began in October 2013. It began gradually, initially with trees I’d located, but I was soon being sent emails and details of other trees. I continue to write blog posts on this site, and write regular updates of progress and feature collections of monkey puzzle trees and the places they are found.
In April 2014 I made the decision to start cataloguing trees using the letter of their postcode location, and a sequential number. I then set up the spreadsheet, to keep track of them.
2. The spreadsheet – the second part of the Monkey Map project – is kept by me and is updated and only used by myself. It enables me to keep track of each postcode area and a total of monkeys. I also keep a note of who sent me the tree, and I also use this as reference to check if I have put the tree onto the Google map. Here’s a snapshot of Liverpool postcode area:
3. The third part of the Monkey Map is the catalogue which is a Blogspot template site, where each tree has an entry, with a photograph which gives the reference number and location, and the person who spotted the tree:
These individual ‘cards’ can be viewed singly, as above. Or they can be viewed as a full collection.
They can also be sorted by their labels which are the postcode and the ‘Agent’. Agent status is given to monkey puzzle hunters who have shown particular dedication to the task of locating and photographing monkey puzzle trees. The Monkey Map has been supported by about 30 Agents, but also other people who contact me with details of trees they have found. Thank you everyone.
The catalogue is HERE. (Please note only about the first 2,500 trees appear on the catalogue, as the work of including them all was too much).
I initially set up this catalogue website simply as a way of keeping all the photographs of the trees filed in one place. I would then produce individual maps which I created in Photoshop and then Pages to show the locations of the maps, which was very time consuming. It was Agent Simon who then helped me create a Google map.
4. The Google map is the fourth element of the Monkey Map, and it’s here that each tree can be located with a red dot. Each dot can then contain images of the tree, and the url for the photograph’s location comes from the catalogue website:
The Google map covers the whole world, although most of the trees in the catalogue are currently in the UK. The Google map is HERE.
Thanks for your interest in my project.