Thursday 24 January 2008

More big trees - # 363

Oh, dear.....he's posted another "Big Tree" shot (I hear you say).

But...they are spectacularly large trees. They look nice, and they have been there for a very long time, so you get a sort of "good feeling" about them. It's also an opportunity for me to show some PEOPLE......who don't often appear.

Nathalie at Avignon has recently posted good tree shots.

The French have their own characteristic style of tree management. They love to "pollard" their French trees. The English do sometimes "pollard", but more often we go for the "expansive and wild" look. There are good reasons for both methods, and a well-managed tree is a delight to mankind all over the world. And, as a reflection, isn't it interesting that two nations develop such different styles and attitudes towards things. My wife tells me that I must celebrate "diversity". One thing is certain.....Gordon Brown is not the same as Nicholas Sarkozy. Vive La France, but let's not get over-excited, eh!


  1. To heck with the critics, big trees are always good.

    Trees are very forgiving, after all, they are bigger than us.

    - Mitch in Minneapolis

  2. Interesting post on different tree managements across the channel.

    Yesterday I looked up "tree lopping" on the internet and from Aussie websites it appeared to mean cutting down a tree to the ground, even down to stump removal, hence my impression that I had made a mistake in using the word.

    But I just looked it up on and it definitely means cutting off branches or twigs from a tree or a shrub, so I was right. I'll change it back!!!

    Lucky you don't have Sarko in the UK - but then in your time you had Margaret Thatcher who was quite a character, so you've had your share!!!

  3. And your trees are just beautiful. Keep them tall and big!

    (I was only happy they lopped ours because the branches came banging on my roof)

  4. beautiful tree. Can never have enough big trees, Chuckeroon. Whatever you've done to this photograph - colour-wise - makes it look like a very old one. I just love it.

  5. its good to see the trees, and we do have some fine examples in Richmond

  6. Those are very old trees. I like them anyway, but more for their life than anything else. And stuck in one spot all that time is all the more remarkable.

  7. Interesting this debate about tree cutting and different cultures... and I have a feeling that the day you will visit France again is coming closer and closer! Welcome for tree studies or whatever! God Save the Queen, Vive la France...!

  8. En effet suivant les pays et même suivant les différentes régions d'un pays les arbres ne subissent pas le même traitement
    Suivant les arbres aussi : il ne faut pas tailler les noyers qui alors sont sensibles à la maladie
    Sauf erreur de ma part, ces magnifiques arbres que tu montres sont des platanes (plane tree), comme ceux qu'a postés Nathalie (se reconnaissent à leur port, leur fruit en boule et leur écorce qui pèle, très particulière sauf sur les vieux arbres comme ici)
    J'ai vu aussi des tailles de platane en Chine très spéciales, en plateau. Les allemands sont très forts aussi pour cela
    Un arbre doit être taillé avec beaucoup de soin, pour éviter de le deséquilibrer et aussi éviter que des maladies ne l'assaillent.

    Il doit être bon de se promener sur ce court, le long d'un cours d'eau calme....

  9. I planted 20 new trees these past couple of months - mainly Australian natives - I hope they will still be standing in 400 years.

  10. I was just scrolling down today and saw this picture again, and the first thing I really noticed is the perfect circle of the bike wheel! I like it!
    (I also like the tree....)