Tree a Week: Pine

Methuselah is one of the world’s oldest living organisms at around 4,600 years old.

Composting

A short introduction to composting with some really useful tips that could get you well ahead.

Tree a Week: Poplar

Interesting facts There are around 25 to 35 species of poplar (not including hybrids), from the genus Populus which is in the willow family Salicaceae. Poplar are native to most of the Northern hemisphere, commonly named species include cottonwood, aspen and balsam. They are rapid growing, growing 7m in 5 years however their lifespan is rather…

Tree a Week: Maple

Characteristics and Interesting Facts Maple is the common name for any member of the genus Acer, a group of about 125 species of mostly deciduous trees and shrubs in the Northern Hemisphere. Most maples are native to Asia, but several species also occur in North America, northern Africa and Europe. Most species grow to 10 to 40 meters…

Which Tools for Autonomy?

I’ve come to realise over time that having the right tool for the right job makes a hell of a difference. It saves time and effort, prevents injuries and saves money in the long run. As a relative beginner to countryside living, I’ve been curious to know which power tools are essential, which ones are…

Tree a Week: Ash

Characteristics and Interesting facts The Common Ash of the Fraxinus excelsior genus is in the olive and lilac family, Oleaceae. There are around 65 species of medium to large trees, the majority are deciduous however there are a few evergreens and subtropical species. Ash dominates most of the British woodland, it’s the third most common tree in…

Tree a Week: Lime

This week, I learnt all about lime trees. Very tasty salad material but also can be used to make durable fabrics.

Tree a Week: Cherry Tree

Characteristics and Fun Facts The cherry tree is part of the Prunus and has over 400 species of flowering shrubs and trees in the rose family (Rosaceae) and can be deciduous or evergreen. Prunus trees and shrubs are categorized as stone fruits, known scientifically as drupes. These also include almond, nectarine, peach, plum and apricot trees. The cherry can grow from 4 to…