Exeter is a great place. We have the river Exe, the Quay and the Cathedral just to name a few key attractions. But imagine these places without trees....the river Exe wouldn't be quite the same without the graceful Ash trees and peaceful Willows. The same goes for all of Exeter, without the diverse beauty of our trees and shrubs it would be a very dull place. My love of nature and Exeter have led me on many interesting walks and experiences and I thought the best way to share these would be to create this website.
Hornbeam tree at St Thomas Pleasure Ground
Hornbeam bud magnified using my digital microscope
Every time I see a tree or a shrub I'm always curious. How old is it? Where did it come from? Is it native? Is it Evergreen or deciduous? What are the flowers like? This curiosity has now turned into a hobby and when I'm not taking photos or samples I'll have my head in a book on the subject. Small or tall they give us clean air, shelter, building materials, decoration, food, medicine and much more. Now that I know this I fully respect and appreciate at how wonderful and generous they are.
Sycamore just in flower. One of many Sycamore trees at St Thomas pleasure ground
Sycamore buds magnified using my digital microscope
I moved to Exeter in 2004 and over the years the place grew on me. I began to explore more of Exeter and soon realised what a great place it is. The City Centre has lots of interesting things such as the underground passages, the Princesshay city bee project and the red coat guided tours just to name a few. Outside of the City Centre there are numerous parks and open spaces to explore and enjoy. There is also the vast beauty of the river Exe and Estuary as well as Haldon Forsest. Above all, it has trees. Lots of trees. At the bottom of Fore Street is a mature Tulip tree and there is also one along South Street. Along Fore Street are Maples and floweing pear trees. London Plane trees are scattered around, most of them being along Paris Street. The cathedral green has a huge Horse Chestnut tree as well as a large Sycamore tree and plenty of Beech trees. All in all - Exeter is green city.
Please note that I am neither an expert in trees or photography. I simply enjoy learning about the trees and green spaces of Exeter and making my study as easily as accessible for everybody.