Magical May Trees: Hawthorn Hedges and Elder Pipes

Woodland flora in spring If there are two trees that capture the essence of the month of May, it has to be the veil-white blossoms that take centre stage this month. One, the Hawthorn, has even taken the month’s title as its alternative name; ‘hawthorn’ when the haws (berries) decorate the tree in autumn, and …

Wizards’ Tree

Gardens Month Wildlife Wednesday Species Focus: Rowan One of the common messages we hear when discussing conservation and the environment is that we should be planting more trees. But how does this fit into the wildlife garden? Trees offer structure and shade to a garden. Many also have flowers and fruit, and their leaves are …

SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: Autumn is ageing

6am. The morning has yet to break, the sky still darkened and unrevealing. A robin has just set up a brave solo from the half-leafed wayfarer tree beyond the bedroom window. Once daylight pulls apart the lingering night the morning will be chilly, and a damp film will cling to any exposed surface. By mid …