Thursday, 13 March 2014

Tree Following

Trees don't move, so how can one be followed? Please read on - it isn't as crazy as might first sound!

Most of us will pass a tree or two when out on our travels. Maybe you can think of one that you see frequently, possibly a young, establishing specimen in your garden. It could be a random tree among a roadside group that speaks out to you, or one that stands proud in a nearby field location. Basically, it could be anywhere, any tree, any size - they are all unique!



Tree Following as I see it, is searching out a tree that intrigues you, speaks to you, and one you regularly see - then blog about it! To some this might sound a little odd, where tree following could easily be mistaken for tree hugging - which I've also tried, once; with little outcome. The difference is that when you follow a tree, and take just a little longer than usual to study it, you'll be surprised how it changes and takes on different characters throughout the season. The shape of the tree alone tells a story of its life experience, but as living organisms they speak to you and give signs as to how they are feeling - I'll prove it in due course - trust me!

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Following a London Plane (c) Gary Webb
In terms of my tree, I'm quite spoiled for choice. I work at a place with many veteran trees and many newly planted ones, which is why it's taken so long to join in this time - I've been a real kid-in-a-sweet-shop! For my last tree following year (and it doesn't have to be a whole year,) I chose a London Plane that was planted over two hundred years ago, and I was amazed at the journey it took during the year.

This time I'm going for another mature specimen; a grand Cedar of Lebanon no less, which once again sits in the grounds of Compton Verney in south Warwickshire. I pass the tree at least twice every work day, and quite often many more times, I'm therefore very familiar with its form - at least from the ground!

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Oh, now that's a Cedar! (c) Gary Webb
I hope to focus closer on this amazing specimen, which I know holds many stories and memories - some of which I hope to tease out and write about. It is full of crevices and grooves, twists and turns, and whilst some stems are still heading for the stars, some are arching down to kiss the lawn. It is quite simply a stunning and time worn specimen. It is worth saying that there is something quite special planned for this tree this year, and I'm looking forward to telling that story soon too!

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Moving a little closer, and the tree gets bigger! (c) Gary Webb
I'm signing off for now, but do drop by again, keep an eye on Lucy's blog and some of the many other tree following blogs, and please comment and ask questions. Do also consider joining in and following a tree - you might be surprised at the journey it takes you on!

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Yes - it's a good size for a Cedar! (c) Gary Webb
Check out Lucy's blog to find more tree followers and join in - click here!

Join in on twitter too - use a #treefollowing

Kind regards
Gary


3 comments:

Lucy Corrander at Loose and Leafy said...

It's a great choice. Not many gardens could contain such a tree.

Gardens at Waters East said...

Good visiting you today. I'll be comparing trees. Jack

Green Lizard said...

That tree makes me think of my childhood. Maybe it was this type of tree I stood in as a child. What a fantastic structure.