Welcome to the 10th edition of The Festival of the Trees, a monthly blog carnival for all things arboreal.
I received a very diverse selection of links for this edition. I've included almost all of them, even though some are only tenuously connected to trees. The only link I decided to leave out was a splog post about bonsai cultivation, which had been plagiarised from another source.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed!
Given the date, it seems appropriate to begin with a tree-related news story, first broadcast 50 years ago today on the BBC's Panorama programme. It concerns the impact of unseasonably warm weather on the Spaghetti Trees of Switzerland.
"It isn't only in Britain that Spring this year has taken everyone by surprise. Here in Ticino on the borders of Switzerland and Italy, the slopes overlooking Lake Lugano have already burst into flower... at least a fortnight earlier than usual.
But what, you may ask, has the early and welcome arrival of bees and blossom to do with food? Well, it's simply that the past winter, one of the mildest in living memory has had its effects in other ways as well. Most important of all, it's resulted in an exceptionally heavy spaghetti crop.
The last two weeks of March are an anxious time for the spaghetti farmer. There's always a chance of a late frost which, whilst not entirely ruining the crop, generally impairs the flavour and makes it difficult for him to obtain top prices in world markets. But now these dangers are over and the spaghetti harvest goes forward..."
You can watch the full report here.
My own contribution is a post about the seasonal link between Palm, Willow and Yew.
Walking with Trees
Working with Trees
Living in Trees
Growing Your Own
Odds 'n' Ends
Thanks to Digi-Birder for sending me a link to the Woodland Heritage Champions Project, a new initiative that aims to promote interest in ancient woods of England by producing a Woodland Heritage Manual to help people discover the history of their woodland.
Ribblesider presents Ribble Coast & Wetlands - the Ribble becomes a Regional Park posted at Ribble Cycle Diaries.
For the May 1st edition of Festival of the Trees at Flatbush Gardener, please send your links to: festival (dot) trees (at) gmail (dot) com; deadline April 29; all tree-related links are welcome, but Xris is especially interested into those that fit the theme "Trees in the Concrete" (trees in urban and suburbn landscapes).