Tag Archives: Sara Maitland

arranensis is here

The first Sorbus arranensis leaf I saw was a wet brown thing lifted from the mulch under the tree by the Ranger Centre. In my haste – amid preparing for the launch – I nearly missed re-visiting that tree now … Continue reading

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The Story

The story is written, it’s incredible! And it’s unfair to give anything more than a flavour here: “The Rowan tree, Sorbus aucuparia, the mountain ash, the traveller’s tree; a laughing pioneer, it grows where other trees dare not go – … Continue reading

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Non-native Species

The grounds of the estate host many exotics in amongst the natives. And for a few days this week, there were two more than usual to be spotted wandering paths, admiring views and sticking noses into mosses; basically turning up … Continue reading

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Moss Witch

“Moss Witches prefer oak woods and particularly those where over 20,000 years ago the great grinding glaciers pushed large chunks of rock into apparently casual heaps and small bright streams leap through the trees.” Sara Maitland describes the Moss Witch’s … Continue reading

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Sara Maitland, Gossip from the Forest:

“May is the magic month in the greenwood. Gradually, through its bright four weeks, the roof of the forest thickens into summer density, the fan-vaulting of winter branches filling in and blurring with leaf dance. There is a mysterious brightness, … Continue reading

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“…pine woods have a strange habit of wandering…”

I love that sentence from Sara Maitland’s “Gossip from the Forest”. Her explanation is that you cannot coppice or pollard Scots pines. Cut they are killed, they will not regenerate on their old roots and the seeds tend not to … Continue reading

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