London Tree Week 2016

How exciting - next week, Saturday 28 May – Sunday 5 June, is London Tree Week! I'm sure this fantastic initiative from the Mayor will prove to be a great success. There are a whole raft of activities organised by City Hall’s environment department to check out on the London Tree Week pages. Not to be outdone... Continue Reading →

Chequer schnapps update

In my recent post about the Wild Service tree and it's elusive fruits, I reproduced an English translation of a German recipe for Wild Service vodka, or Chequer schnapps as I now prefer to call it. I came across Patrick Roper's English version (and his very illuminating Sorbus blog) after I had found the German... Continue Reading →

Berried Treasure: the Wild Service Tree

Around my neck of the woods there are many fine Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) and Whitebeam (Sorbus aria) street trees now super-abundantly laden with ripe, red berries and leaves beginning to take on autumnal hues. With these local fruity indicators appearing, it was time, I thought, to go on my annual quest for chequers, the semi-mythical... Continue Reading →

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