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the Tuesday tree: planning for the future

August 10, 2010

Here at Castle Beastie there are some really BIG trees. An awful lot of them are conifers. For the first generation or so they look like suburban Christmas trees. Your children will be tempted to cut them down as they are blocking the view. Your grandchildren might begin to appreciate them as having a certain presence, but it’s your great-grandchildren and their descendants who will really get the benefit of full-grown specimens. Planting a tree is, as they say, an act of hope – and altruism.

Sometime towards the end of the nineteenth century, we think, the then Laird of the castle planted a Picea sitchensis, or Sitka spruce, beside his carriageway. Perhaps he was inspired by a family connection to the Pacific north-west of America, the native home of this species. Four generations later, his great-great-grandson is never happier than when climbing trees and, being four (or in fact three when this photo was taken), has no sense of scale – or indeed of fear. This spruce is currently 56 metres high and 6 metres in circumference, but our son is determined to get to the top one of these days.

See also: In praise of the Douglas firtrees, interrupted

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2010 10:39 am

    That’s quite the tree! We have many Douglas Firs around here but I don’t think I’ve seen any that big. I’ll have to pay more attention to their size. Cute picture, kids think they can do anything – “Mommy, watch me climb this tree.” 🙂

    • dancingbeastie permalink
      August 10, 2010 7:19 pm

      I know, I love their attitude. Shame we have to grow out of it! This is a Sitka though – I don’t think any of our Douglases have such an impressive diameter yet.

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