Lockdown forced me to get to know the ash tree in our garden, and I ended up falling in love despite myself.

I told myself not to get too attached; thought I wouldn’t have the chance, for that matter. It’s a small tree and far from beautiful on first sight, although I suppose you could charitably say it has character. Three stems emerge from the brick foundations of a long-gone greenhouse at the top of the narrow garden, all of them about the size of one of my puny thighs; the original must have been felled as a weed and…

Luke Barley

Woodland adviser and former ranger, writing here about practical conservation projects and wildlife encounters (etc).

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