Tree Passing On A Lifetime Of Wisdom

See how they are with rapt attention, standing up, listening for the wisdom that only time and experience can bring.


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  1. I’m sorry David, but afraid I’m totally missing the point here…

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    1. Hi Deb, – those tubes are protecting young saplings planted along a new cycleway. I imagined the saplings all lined up, eager to learn life’s lessons from the big tree. Does that clear it up?

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    2. Just me imagining the old tree talking to the young saplings 🙂

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  2. I am assuming that these cuttings were all taken from ‘Mother’ in the middle (and will all be taken elsewhere for a permanent home?)

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    1. The planting is part of a much larger planting all along a new cycle path that goes from one side of Cambridge to the other, avoiding vehicular roads entirely. That includes a pedestrian and cycle bridge across the River Cam. The saplings are mixed native trees, although the word ‘native’ means anything from about the Romans onwards. 🙂

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      1. To be healthy, each of these trees will require MUCH more space (water/ light/ nutrients!) than what is currently available being grown so incredibly close together… (can only be a very short-term, intensive arrangement:/)

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        1. I was thinking the same. I shall ask what the intention is in the longer term, although I can’t see them being moved. It would surely cause disturbance to them and to their fellows.

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  3. Also assuming they’ve been placed in these tubes to force absolutely straight growth with zero side branching until they ‘breech the top’, so to speak..,

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    1. (Landscaping runs in the blood 😉

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      1. Ah, yes – once a tree, always a tree – passed down though the generations 😉

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    2. Yes, and to stop browsing animals from taking a bite before the saplings have time to establish themselves. We definitely have Muntjac deer in Cambridge.

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      1. Rodent damage is also very common at this (succulent, tender sapling) stage; but yes, I can see this height of protection would get them safely past deer browse as well; ) Meant that landscaping & horticulture run in my blood, lol

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        1. You know, I never see rabbits here. When Tamara and I lived near the south coast, and when I lived in Norfolk, they were everywhere. I would see rabbits and of course their droppings. But here – never see them and never see droppings. Mmmm….

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  4. Better said as ‘Landscaping & Horticulture’ run in the blood, lol

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  5. Botany, Biology, Science… 🥰

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  6. By ‘rodents’ I refer to the Family as a whole, be they mice, moles, voles or yes, rabbits 😉

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