Forests far away

Jo Cobb

I love these Himalayan birches because of their beautiful white bark and buttery yellow leaves in autumn. Three years ago, we planted 33 young trees here in this grove beside the gate to make a feature of their ethereal trunks and interlaced branches.

They look best when the sky is blue and the air is still. When I see these trees together, it transports me in my mind to forests far away where there may be giant ferns, mosses and animals like bears and lynx and beautiful birds. It’s a good way to leave Cambridge for a moment in Lockdown.

Jo Cobb

By Jo Cobb, Head Gardener, Murray Edwards College

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