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Canberra’s Aboretum

I passed through Canberra recently and visited its newly opened Aboretum. It’s in its infancy, really, the majority of the trees too small to cast much shade. The project has had its detractors: it’s a major investment, features non-natives, and will use plenty of water … but I love … Continue reading

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Lone Tree

Trees, like us, live not only in the present but remember the past and anticipate the future. The Larch, for example, remembers a caterpillar attack. The next year, it grows shorter, stouter leaves, which don’t photosynthesise as efficiently as its … Continue reading

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Falling Wood

The trees sometimes leave gifts for us at Olvar Wood: driftwood from the sky. Branches and fragments bleached pale grey and rubbed smooth not by the tumble of the ocean but by wind and sun and rain. They fall to … Continue reading

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