Polish Trees!

Not an entreaty to undertake a decidedly odd and ultimately fruitless task (pun not intended), but a sighting of some amazing examples in Poland.

Provided by the most excellent Enda, whose company I was privileged to keep one evening in Galway along with my brother, Andrew, sister in law Georganne and Enda’s girlfriend.

He says: “you will notice the chimney tower, but if you zoom into the rooftops of the abandoned factory buildings you can see bloody forests growing on some! its a surreal sight.”

Here is the location.

A big “thank you” to Enda and I wish him the best of success with his site via the pages of this blog 🙂

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Uppermill Viaduct Tree(s)

This viaduct – a listed building – carries trains along the line over the pennines between Yorkshire and Manchester. It is a lovely journey to take and the brief run between Marsden and Greenfield is well worth a go; it takes in the fascinating standedge tunnel, (pronounced “stannige” with excellent views and nice pubs at both ends (although, truth be told some pubs in Marsden are a bit strange if you ask me no offence intended).

Anyway, there are quite a few trees growing out of the side of the viaduct, which surely can’t be a good thing for the structure – even if the upside is some great shots for this site.



Mill chimney near Marsden. Fantastic example of a “mature sapling”.

A great example in a mill chimney; from the Huddersfield Road near Marsden.

I’ve always found this valley a little odd feeling; crossing over the top of the A62 from Saddleworth has always felt like travelling to a very different place.

This tree, however, would make any journey seem worthwhile, however unsettled the visitor would be by Huddersfield and its environs:

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Some excellent examples from Manchester

I was very pleasantly surprised to receive a “Whatsapp” message from my colleague and friend, Nim.

Apart from being flattered and impressed that she had remembered my diligent work in documenting the trees on buildings of the world, I thought the photographs themselves were great. So, without further ado, Nim’s submissions from Manchester:

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Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

A fine submission from my erstwhile colleague, Matthew Green – taken this weekend at the beautiful and highly recommended Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds.

A couple of these trees aren’t as close to the top of the buildings as we would normally allow, but given the excellent location and Matt’s extra special effort in obtaining the pictures, we decided to allow it.

I visited the Abbey with my young children several years ago and recommend it heartily as a day out. The tripadvisor reviews seem to agree too!

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Our first tree in Scotland!

So my excellent colleague, Christine, visited the beautiful Rothesay recently and captured this lovely tree atop a church steeple. I visited Rothesay something like 30 years ago with my mum and dad in our little sailing boat as part of a 2 week stint around the highlands. This, along with a cruise in the same boat the year after was probably the best time I ever had in my life 🙂

Chris tells me the church is for sale.